Monthly Archives: June 2013

Angelina Jolie’s Fear-based Double Mastectomy Decision

And the terrible message it sends to the women of the world!

Should mastectomies ever be used as preventive treatment for breast cancer …
when cancer hasn’t even been medically (or scientifically) diagnosed?

Angelina Jolie ought to keep her personal medical decisions to herself, especially about breast health.
So should Miss America contestants who also publicize similar highly unenlightened medical choices.

Having a double mastectomy in order to prevent a possible case of breast cancer, particularly when such decisions are based on easily misunderstood science that is jaded in the interest of surgical oncology just isn’t right.

Really, can it get any worse than women cutting off their breasts to avoid cancer they don’t even have?!
On the recommendation of mostly male surgical oncologists who have a great financial interest in the matter?!

Good God in Heaven, what has this place (read Planet Earth) come to?
Does the man cut off his scrotum because his doctor tells him he has the gene for testicular cancer?

How about this: Does the parent cut off the child’s head because the neurosurgeon determined that the child has a genetic predisposition for brain cancer?! Or do we just suck the little guy or gal’s brain out of his head with a surgical suction device?

Where does it end?

Where did it begin?

Where are we going with this tragically flawed logic and horribly skewed medical decision process?

How did we ever get here in the first place? To this place of preventive surgery for an ailment, disease, or illness that we don’t even have yet. Continue reading