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She did the research. She had the surgery. She made a very personal decision about what was right for her, and she bravely chose to share that decision with the world. But what should this mean to other women? We take a look at the science and the psychology behind the prospect of preventative mastectomies.
A study by the American Cancer Society shows that invasive breast tumors in women under 45 years old increased by 11.8% between 2007 and 2011 alone. Whether you are a woman over 40 who has a daughter, niece, grandchild or other young relative, or if you're a young woman yourself, you can make a difference in slowing down this disturbing statistical trend. Until there is a cure, prevention and awareness are our most powerful weapons.
As cancer therapy becomes more effective and the number of cancer survivors increases, doctors and patients need to be asking questions about heart health, according to the experts at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
More than two million breast cancer survivors in the United States are believed to be at risk for cardiotoxicity (when cancer drugs have toxic effects on the heart).