Breast ops un­needed

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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