I am pretty sure at this time you already heard the news regarding the decision by Angelina Jolie to undergo a double mastectomy. Yeah, you heard it clearly, she choose to remove her breasts and have a reconstructive surgery rather than undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment after tests revealed that she had mutated cancer genes and that increases the chance and risk to have breast cancer. The most interesting part is that she made a difficult decision for the double mastectomy surgery even she still have healthy breasts and not diagnosed with breast cancer yet.
Yet, it is still her decision to undergo such procedure even given the fact that there’s still a small risk of having a breast cancer later on. Much more that there are other options available in order to detect breast cancer at an early stage and with minimal side effects from treatments that you need to have. Plus the fact that modern science and technology and medical literatures has evolve in the past 20 years or so that shows early detection and course of treatment produce the same healthy survival rates comparing to the removal of the breast.
But at the end of the day, the decision to undergo a double mastectomy operation is hers to make no matter what her physician tells her to do so.
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