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After Waking to Find Unwanted Breast Implants, She Sued

Donna Finegan-White opted to have a mastectomy in October 2014

(Newser) - A UK woman went into the hospital in October 2014 to have a double mastectomy and woke to find she had breasts—and sued over it. Donna Finegan-White alleged that upon emerging from the elective surgery, which she opted to have due to a family history of breast cancer, she... More »

Removal of Healthy Breast Increasing in Cancer Patients

And it's unclear exactly why

(Newser) - In 2004, one in 10 American women under the age of 45 with cancer in one breast opted to have the second, healthy breast removed as well. Just eight years later, it had increased to one in three women, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery . When looking... More »

Scientists: 'Holy Grail' of Stopping Breast Cancer May Be Here

Australian team makes a possible breakthrough

(Newser) - A new study could bring hope to thousands of women who are susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, the Telegraph reports. Analyzing breast tissue prone to cancer, Australian scientists found that a protein that fuels pre-cancerous cells also causes osteoporisis—and can be stymied by a common osteoporosis drug. "... More »

Rita Wilson: I Had Double Mastectomy

Actress reveals her fight against breast cancer

(Newser) - Rita Wilson was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, but she tells People she's expected to make a full recovery. "Last week, with my husband by my side, and with the love and support of family and friends, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction," she says, attributing... More »

Double Mastectomy Patient Throws Dance Party in OR

"Nothing brings me greater joy than catalyzing others to dance," says Deborah Cohan

(Newser) - An operating room might sound like an inappropriate place to bust a move to Beyonce, but that's where Deborah Cohan decided to get down, minutes before her double mastectomy Tuesday. Cohan, an OB-GYN and mother of two, enlisted her medical team at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center... More »

Etheridge: Jolie's Double Mastectomy Not 'Brave'

She calls it the 'fearful choice,' Brad Pitt responds

(Newser) - When Angelina Jolie revealed her choice to have a preventative double mastectomy, celebrities fell all over themselves in their rush to call her courageous—but not Melissa Etheridge. In an interview with the Washington Blade last week that apparently just got noticed by the celebrity media, Etheridge—a breast cancer... More »

Jolie Aunt Dies of Breast Cancer

She loses cancer battle weeks after Jolie reveals surgery

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie's aunt has died of breast cancer just two weeks after Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy to prevent the same disease, E! Online reports. Debbie Martin, 61, was the younger sister of Jolie's mother, whose death from ovarian cancer in 2007 led to Jolie'... More »

How Brad, Angie Kept Surgeries Secret

Early appointments, 'untraceable' cars

(Newser) - How did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie manage to keep her double mastectomy a secret for so long? By making early morning doctor's appointments and not driving their actual cars to any of them, according to People . So what type of cars did they use? The New York Daily ... More »

Inside Angelina Jolie's Treatment

Her doctor reveals she was back at work 4 days later

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie was back at work just days after her double mastectomy, Dr. Kristi Funk reveals in a blog post about the star's medical journey. "To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. Angelina expected to feel well, to be active," Funk writes on the Pink... More »

What's Best for Angelina May Not Be Best for You

Remember: health industry 'gets rich off fear': Mary Elizabeth Williams

(Newser) - There's no question that Angelina Jolie made a courageous move in undergoing a double mastectomy . But in the applause for her decision, it's important to keep the cancer conversation in context, writes Mary Elizabeth Williams—herself a cancer survivor —at Salon . "I can swear to you... More »

Brad Pitt: Angelina Is a Hero

Praises Jolie's decision to get double mastectomy

(Newser) - Brad Pitt, who was with Angelina Jolie when she had her preventative double mastectomy , tells the Evening Standard he stands fully behind her decision. "Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic. I thank our medical team... More »

CNN's Sambolin Plans Double Mastectomy

Jolie's announcement 'gives me strength,' says anchor

(Newser) - On the heels of Angelina Jolie's revelation about her double mastectomy , CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin—of Early Start—has announced she'll also undergo the procedure. "I struggled for weeks trying to figure out how tell you that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was leaving... More »

Angelina Jolie: I Had Double Mastectomy

She reveals cancer-preventing surgery in 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie has had both her breasts surgically removed after learning that she carries the gene BRCA1, which sharply raises the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. "My doctors estimated that I had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer," Jolie, whose... More »

Sharon Osbourne: I Had a Double Mastectomy

She had procedure as a precaution against breast cancer

(Newser) - Sharon Osbourne has had a double mastectomy as a precaution against breast cancer, she reveals in today's issue of Hello! magazine. The 60-year-old had the procedure after learning she has a gene upping her risk of getting the disease. "I didn't want to live the rest of... More »

Giuliana Rancic: I'm Getting a Double Mastectomy

Breast cancer fight not over yet for the E! host

(Newser) - Less than two months after undergoing a double lumpectomy, breast cancer battler and E! host Giuliana Rancic announced she will go back under the knife for a double mastectomy. She went public in part because "I would like to take the stigma away," she says. "'Mastectomy'... More »

Woman Gets $198K for Mastectomies She Didn't Need

Breasts were removed though she didn't have cancer

(Newser) - A California woman who underwent a double mastectomy and later discovered she didn't have breast cancer will be paid $198,000 after winning a medical malpractice lawsuit. Ana Jimenez-Salgado had her breasts surgically removed at a Los Angeles county hospital after outside pathologists said the cells obtained from an August... More »

Cancer Patients Removing Healthy Breasts, Too

Double mastectomy growing in popularity

(Newser) - More and more women diagnosed with breast cancer are choosing to have their healthy breast removed along with the cancerous one. In 2006, 6% of women undergoing breast cancer surgery opted for such a double mastectomy, a figure that’s more than double what it was in recent years, the... More »

Facebook Boobs Bungle Breast Rules Again

(Newser) - Facebook executives have again bungled rules banning breasts on the site, this time concerning cancer surgery. Facebook bans "sexual content" and bounced photos a cancer patient posted of her mastectomy scars to educate other women. After a torrent of complaints a Facebook spokeswoman admitted: "We made a mistake,... More »

Study May Help Mastectomy Dilemma

Research identifies factors likely to imperil second breast

(Newser) - Researchers alarmed by a spike in potentially unnecessary double mastectomies have identified three risk factors that might help breast cancer patients make better decisions about whether to have a healthy breast removed, the Houston Chronicle reports. The research was motivated by an earlier study that revealed 80% of women who... More »

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