Studies show that Preventative Mastectomies are more common in the United States than any other country, and researchers are paying close attention to the increasing rate of double mastectomies in the United States. Much is being said about women considering mastectomies because of a history of breast cancer in their families. Maryland Allyn Rose, a Miss America Contestant is cancer free, but chose to undergo a preventative double mastectomy her decision has attracted support and criticism from medical professionals. She lost her mother, aunt, and great aunt to breast cancer.
Stanford University Researchers affirmed that women with mothers and sisters who carry one of the BRCA gene mutations but who aren’t carriers themselves don’t have an especially heightened risk of breast cancer.
MsDesi1530 Breast cancer video diary 10/25/2011 1 week post mastectomy
WARNING!! This video contains graphic images of breasts after double mastectomy surgery
BRACAnalysis®: Hereditary Cancer Testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Hereditary Breast Cancer
Approximately 7% of breast cancer and 11 – 15% of ovarian cancer cases are caused by mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Read more…
Critics accuse Myriad of barring research by other institutions on the BRCA genes and making the test too expensive for many patients, with a cost of $3,000 to $4,000.