Post # 1
I was just watching the news report that Angelina Jolie elected to have a double mastectomy because she found out she had an 87% chance of getting breast cancer (which has been reduced to about 5%).
For those who won’t click the link, she lost her own mum (at age 56) to ovarian cancer, and she said the operation has made it easier to reassure her own children that she’ll be around to raise them.
So…would you? I know we, as women and as a society, attach so much significance to our breasts. But would you undergo this procedure to reduce your cancer risk?* Is there a minimum risk percentage you have to hit before considering this?*
If you had asked me five years ago if I would ever do this, I would have said no. But after losing my father to cancer last year, I would most definitely remove my breasts if it would increase the chances of my children growing up with a mum. 🙂
*These are super personal questions. So, you can simply vote anonymously if you don’t care to post a comment.
Post # 3
Yes, absolutely yes. If my changes were that high, I’d do anything I could to reduce the risk. Breasts are important, but I’d rather navigate a LIFE without breasts than endure cancer and die young.
Post # 4
My Future Mother-In-Law just found out a few months ago that she has the same gene mutation – BRCA1… Only after her sister was diagnosed and is currently going through treatments. She actually has her appointment for the same procedure set for the end of August! Angelina coming out was a very encouraging story for her!
Post # 5
I would absolutely. I’ve already had cancer once. If my risk was high, I’d have them removed. I’d also have a hysterectomy and my ovaries removed (after having children) if there was a risk for those types of cancers as well.
Post # 6
yes definitely if my risk was high like hers. id also get the reconstruction surgery. but its just not worth the risk. life is everything especially if you have a family. i take my hat off to her i think shes so brave
Post # 7
Yep. My aunt and great grandma both died of breast cancer. I would do this in a heart beat.
Post # 8
If I had a family history and my risk was that high and especially if I had children I would do it.
Post # 9
Yes I would have them removed only if my chance was high. So far the only cancer in my family that I know of is bone, kinda can’t remove those just to be on the safe side! Honestly though, I feel like she could’ve kept it private instead of announcing it. And I wouldn’t get implants after, I think she just didn’t want rumors to start about her boobs changing.
Post # 10
While I get that it is a big deal no matter who it is for this kind of surgery, but unlike most woman Jolie will have every possible corrective surgery after the fact to still have perfect perky boobs. I think if the risk was high enough I would do it.
Post # 11
If I was at risk then absolutely. I would probably want to get implants after though
Post # 12
My Fiance lost his father last year to cancer. I have lost cousins, aunts, and friends. I would not hesitate.
Post # 13
I would definetly do it if it meant I could reduce the risks and prolong my life.
Post # 14
I would. The nice thing about knowing this before you have cancer and doing an elective mastectomy rather than a necessary one is that they can do really excellent reconstruction. They can often preserve the nipple and everything (she had this).
No cancer and perky boobs= win!
Post # 15
I don’t like her, but this was a wise decision on her part.
My Fiance said he would kill me if he found out I kept my boobs when I knew they were a health risk. And um, I’m kinda only keeping them for him mainly, aren’t I?
Post # 16
I would most definitely do this if my risk factor was that high. Anything over 50% and I’d probably do it. I’d have a histerectomy (sp?) too if that would help. Personally, I would try to have reconstructive surgery as soon as possible afterwards, but I’d still do it. I want to meet my son’s grandchildren.