Prophylactic Mastectomy Rare Among High-Risk Women

Contralateral mastectomy for women with diagnosed breast cancer increasing
By Jane Parry
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- It is relatively uncommon for women at high risk for breast cancer, but without diagnosed disease, to opt for prophylactic mastectomy, but women diagnosed with breast cancer are increasingly likely to undergo contralateral mastectomy, according to a study published online Sept. 28 in Cancer.

Colleen C. McLaughlin, Ph.D., of New York State Department of Health in Troy, and colleagues analyzed discharge and cancer registry data in the state of New York from 1995 to 2005 and identified 6,275 women who underwent prophylactic mastectomy.

While 19 percent of the women had no identifiable personal history of breast cancer, 81 percent had been diagnosed with the disease. Of these, 84 percent had invasive breast cancer and 16 percent had ductal carcinoma in situ, the researchers discovered. Over time, women with a diagnosis of breast cancer were more likely than those without such a diagnosis to undergo contralateral, prophylactic mastectomy, the investigators note.

"Reports in the general media regarding prophylactic mastectomies among young women at high risk of breast cancer are fairly common," the authors write. "Because population-based data on the number of high-risk women are not available, we cannot calculate a rate of prophylactic surgery; however, given that New York is home to approximately nine million women, it appears from the current analysis that the surgery is actually fairly uncommon whereas the use of contralateral mastectomy in women with breast cancer is increasing."

The authors reported partial financial support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95


The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95


Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95


More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.


Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events