Breast cancer doctor decides to remove both breasts
Jun 7, 2011
Dr. Christine Teal is making a dramatic decision to lower her risks of cancer by removing both of her breasts - when she has not yet been diagnosed with the illness, according to a recent report from WTMA News.
"It was the aggressiveness of my mother's cancer," Teal told the news source. "My mother did everything right. She took Tamoxifen, which is supposed to lower your chance of a recurrence. She did all of her screenings."
Teal, who is in her 40s, admits that this is a dramatic decision, which may "not be right for everyone." However, she believes that she is decreasing her risks of developing the disease by 90 percent by having a double mastectomy.
Teal is the chief of breast surgery at George Washington University Hospital.
All women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms, according to the American Cancer Society. One out of every eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime and more than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with the illness in 2010, reports BreastCancer.org.