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Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer and Radical Mastectomy—Are Women Being Misled into a False Sense of Security?

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  • Angelina Jolie recently publicized her decision to undergo a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, as she carries a hereditary gene mutation associated with breast and ovarian cancer
  • While women with breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) defects have a 45-65 percent increased risk of breast cancer, only about two percent of diagnosed breast cancers are caused by BRCA faults
  • Nearly the entire human genome is covered by patents. This has created monopolies that hinder genetic research progress and makes gene-related medicine unnecessarily expensive
  • It’s important to understand that while you may carry a defective gene, it does not mean that the genetic trait is destined to be expressed. There are many alternatives to dramatically decrease your cancer risk through the lifestyle choices you make

By Dr. Mercola

Some days I wonder if this is all a bad dream. How on earth have we come to this craziness? The latest and greatest "preventative" strategy for women genetically predisposed to breast cancer is amputation, which puts the wheels in motion for this type of "preventive surgery" to be covered by health insurance.

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