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Tumors Require Boy, 11, to Undergo Mastectomy

Lewis Deakin tells the girls at school his scar is from a shark bite

(Newser) - After Lewis Deakin, an 11-year-old boy in the United Kingdom, had several benign tumors grow in the arteries of his chest thanks to a condition called arteriovenous malformation, he became the first child in the country to undergo a mastectomy—and he's taking it all in stride. "He... More »

Double Mastectomies on the Rise—Among Men

Rate has nearly doubled, and researchers are concerned

(Newser) - Nearly 2,500 men in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. And Live Science reports researchers are worried too many of them will opt to have both breasts removed in an increasingly popular—yet risky and often unnecessary—procedure. A study of more... More »

Are Thousands of Women Getting Unnecessary Mastectomies?

A new study suggests the answer is yes

(Newser) - An increasing number of women may be getting one or both breasts removed following a certain early stage breast cancer diagnosis without actually decreasing their odds of dying from the disease, the New York Times reports. A study published today comes to the conclusion that many thousands of women are... More »

ABC Anchor's on-Air Mammogram Finds Cancer

Amy Robach was reluctant to do 'Good Morning America' segment

(Newser) - It's a scene that has played out onscreen many times: A beloved TV journalist gets a standard medical test on a popular show, in an effort to convince viewers of a certain age to do the same. But this time the story had a very surreal ending: After reluctantly... More »

Jolie's Best Message Applies to All Women

They have choices and need not live in fear: Anne Taylor Fleming

(Newser) - Stories about the victimization of women have been so prevalent of late—from the rising number of assaults in the military to the awful Cleveland case —that Anne Taylor Fleming has been both disgusted and infuriated when catching up on the news, she writes at Reuters . And then along... 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 »

Mastectomy Can Actually Lower Chance of Surviving

Lumpectomy with radiotherapy is more effective: breast cancer study

(Newser) - You may think a mastectomy is a safer bet than a lumpectomy for those diagnosed with breast cancer. But a new study of more than 100,000 women with the disease finds that for those who catch it in its early stages, the opposite is actually true. Women diagnosed with... 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 »

Govt. Panel Recommends Fewer Mammograms

Breast cancer screenings should start at 50, not 40: task force

(Newser) - Most women can wait to get their first mammogram at 50 and then should get one every 2 years rather than annually, a powerful health policy group said today. New information led to the recommendations, said a member of the influential task force that reversed a 7-year-old edict urging aggressive... More »

Team to Launch Tests to Regrow Breasts

Research offers hope to breast cancer victims

(Newser) - Australian scientists are about to launch tests of a new medical technique that they expect will help cancer victims regrow their own breasts and will eventually replace reconstructive surgery. The technique, which involves implanting a device to help fat tissue grow, worked well on pigs and will be tested on... 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 »

More Women Electing Extra Cancer Surgery

Double mastectomies on the rise, despite less-invasive options

(Newser) - More women are going to extremes after a breast cancer diagnosis, opting for double mastectomies instead of single ones or mere lumpectomies, the Washington Post reports. The number rose 150% over 5 years, despite evidence that less-invasive treatments are just as effective in saving lives. "I didn't want to... More »

Double Mastectomies on the Rise

Lack of evidence that it increases survival for most women

(Newser) - More women are choosing to have double mastectomies despite a lack of evidence that such a procedure increases survival for most women, according to a study in the Journal of Oncology. The number of women choosing the procedure after an initial tumor was found in one breast increased 150% over... More »

Mastectomy Is No Disability, Court Rules

South Korean military ordered to reinstate female helicopter pilot

(Newser) - A South Korean court has ordered the military to reinstate a female helicopter pilot who was bounced from her job after she had a double  mastectomy to treat breast cancer. Regulations require personnel to be discharged if they're missing body parts. The case has been a flashpoint for feminists and... More »

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