This has been a crazy and very opinionated month in regards to breast cancer and mastectomies. Whether it is Angelina Jolie, John Doe, Patty Joe, or someone else, in reading Angelina’s story I think she made a brave and correct decision and I would have done the same thing. When making a decision this large in your life…knowledge is power!
My mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer at 43, which puts me at a high risk, and after years of thought and research I decided to get tested for the BRCA gene this year. When I made that decision I knew that if I was going to test positive I was going to have a mastectomy in the next 5 years.
1. Your risk goes from 87% to less than 5%. That is an amazing difference!
2. If I can do something physically to decrease my chances so I don’t have to go through years of suffering like my mom, why wouldn’t I?
3. Yes, I have changed my lifestyle and I know that you can prevent and lower your risk by eating a healthy diet and being active, that’s a proven fact. BUT, to lower the risk SO MUCH more by having a mastectomy…I wouldn’t even think twice.
Luckily, I tested negative for the BRCA gene and hope to never have to go through a mastectomy. I am still at high risk and like I mentioned I have taken control over my body by losing weight, eating the right foods, being active, and being conscious of the environment I live in, so I am confident my risks are lower.
If you are in a similar situation, it is so important to educate yourself on the options that you have to prevent diseases further down the line. Even though it is a tough subject and it would be so much easier not to deal with it, now I know that I do not have the gene and that thought brings great relief to my life. As I mentioned, education is power and my passion is to help women understand their health risks and how to prevent future problems. Schedule an appointment today and let’s take control of your health together!