Breast ops unneeded
SURGEONS are encouraging women with breast cancer to have double mastectomies that do little or nothing to improve their survival chances, a leading doctor has warned.
Dr Fiona MacNeill, a surgeon at London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, said doctors were pushing for the removal of the second – healthy – breast, sometimes just to give patients peace of mind.
A US study shows the opinion of a patient’s surgeon has a strong effect on whether a woman has a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with cancer in a single breast.
The number of double mastectomies in Britain surged from 234 in 2010 to 484 in 2016 since actor Angelina Jolie had the procedure in 2013.