Yourwellness Magazine Weighs Up the Pros and Cons of Mastectomies

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With a woman at risk of breast cancer having a double mastectomy, and a breast reconstruction using pig skin, Yourwellness Magazine considered whether or not mastectomies are always the right option.

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A mother-of-two who carries the BRCA gene has chosen to have both her breasts removed and then reconstructed with a pioneering technique using pig skin, the Daily Mail reported September 2nd. According to the article, “Mother-of-two with deadly BRCA gene to undergo a double mastectomy – and is having her breasts reconstructed using Pig Skin,” the new technique called 'Strattice Tissue Matrix' involved using pig skin like an internal bra – holding a regular implant in place and allowing natural droop of a breast. The patient, Kelly Cruse, commented, "Because I carry the gene I've got an 87% chance of getting breast cancer and by the time I'm 40 I'll probably have to have my ovaries removed too because of the risk of ovarian cancer. When I found out I had the gene I knew I had to have a double mastectomy. Waiting for cancer to happen is not an option."(

This led Yourwellness Magazine to consider whether mastectomies are always the right choice. Yourwellness Magazine commented, "A double mastectomy is a very aggressive form of treatment... As long as ladies have check their breasts regularly for lumps or bumps and even try go into health centres for the occasional mammogram, their chances of suffering late stage breast cancer is fairly low. Breast Cancer is imminently treatable in its early stages and a very high proportion of women who are diagnosed are treated and cured without issue." (

Yourwellness Magazine noted that in cases where a patient is pre-disposed to breast cancer and it’s likely that the condition with reoccur aggressively then the treatment might be advised. As with all things, Yourwellness Magazine suggested readers have a long discussion with a GP before making any decisions, especially with regard to removing a part of the body. Yourwellness Magazine added that some tissue will always be left behind with any amputation and, as this is still breast tissue, it still susceptible to breast cancer.

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