Do the Rewards of Double Mastectomy Outweigh the Risks?
Over the last couple decades, the number of breast cancer patients who choose to receive a double mastectomy over a single mastectomy or lumpectomy when cancer cells are present in only one breast has risen dramatically. Why? For some women the decision is preventative, for others the choice is purely cosmetic, and for a number of individuals it’s a combination of both. While the ultimate say is left up to the patient, many doctors feel a double mastectomy may not always be the best option for women who don’t have high risk factors of cancer recurring in the other, healthy breast. One such physician who shares this viewpoint is our own Dr. Michael Miller, a breast reconstruction surgeon and Chief of Plastic Surgery here at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Dr. Miller was recently interviewed for a Wall Street Journal article that highlights the opinions of several prominent medical professionals on the matter, as well as real-life stories of various women who chose (and are currently in the process of) a double mastectomy as part of their breast cancer treatment. If you or someone you know is considering a lumpectomy or single/double mastectomy, we strongly encourage you to read the enlightening article in its entirety. Titled, “The Double Mastectomy Rebellion: Defying Doctors, More Women With Breast Cancer Choose Double Mastectomies,” the full story can be accessed via the link below.