Actress Adds To Breast Cancer Awareness

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A Hollywood actress is leading the charge for breast cancer prevention, after having a double mastectomy.  The Lakeshore’s Renetta Dubose reports about the benefits of the treatment option … and how Saint Mary Medical Center helps women understand the effects of breast cancer…..

Renetta Dubose:  Breast cancer can be difficult to navigate … but Saint Mary Medical Center doctors helped women and men understand the risk, signs, symptoms and treatment options during Women’s Health Week.

Charisa Spoo: Diet is important.  They should also decrease the amount of alcohol consumption and tobacco.

Doctor Charisa Spoo is the lead mammographer at Saint Mary Medical Center. She says women should begin self-examinations as early as in their twenties.  Mammograms should be done in their forties. A recent announcement by actress Angelina Jolie has given women more treatment options … even before diagnosis. Spoo says Jolie chose to have a double mastectomy after her mother succumbed to breast cancer in her 50s.  The actress took a test that revealed she had a mutation of the BRAC-1 gene … making her 87-percent positive for breast and ovarian cancer.

Charisa Spoo: With a double mastectomy you’re taking off your breast tissue.  Over 95 percent of breast cancer occurs within the breast tissue.  There is a very small amount that occurs within the lymph nodes.

Workshop attendees also heard from general surgeon Richard Browne.  He stated that not all women need total breast removal.  While breast cancer advances in stages … treatment options don’t.

Richard Browne: Many women have stage four and have to have a mastectomy, but some women have stage one and have a mastectomy too because the tumor has spread across a wide area.

Spoo: If they feel they are going to be nervous everyday that they’re going to get breast cancer then it’s best just to have the surgery done.

Spoo adds a mastectomy does not totally get rid of a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer because the disease is genetic. In Hobart, Renetta Dubose, Lakeshore News.


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