Pune: Doctors witness unusual rise in cases of women opting for bilateral mastectomies

The oncologists are noticing that women with increased genetic risk for cancer opting for bilateral mastectomy (that is removing both the breasts). Women opt for genetic counselling, and if there is a risk of breast cancer, they opt for breast removal even before getting diagnosed with cancer

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The Pune-based oncologists are noticing that women with increased genetic risk for cancer opting for bilateral mastectomy (that is removing both the breasts). Women are opting for genetic counselling for cancer. If there is an unusual risk of breast cancer is present, then women are opting for removal of both breasts.

The trend is unusual as women opt for breast removal even before getting diagnosed with cancer. We know more than ever about our health risks these days. With things like genetic counselling, people know about the health risks that they carry.

Pooja Shaha (name changed), lumped her breast, and she underwent genetic testing, which showed that there are high chances of developing breast cancer in the future. She went to the oncologist at Ruby Hall Clinic and underwent breast mastectomy.

Dr Anupama Mane, a senior oncologist from Jehangir Hospital in Pune, said, “Around 10 percent cancer is happening because of genetic reasons. We didn’t know more about genetics a decade ago. With genetic testing, people are getting to know if they will get cancer. So they are taking a preventive aspect.”

She added, “Like Pooja, there are many who come to us and want to undergo breast mastectomy. In elder patients, they will rarely go for breast mastectomy. However, in younger patients, if they undergo genetic testing and find that there is a possibility of cancer, then more women opt for breast mastectomy.”

Dr Minish Jain, an oncologist from Pune, said, “Today, people can know a lot about their health because of advance tests and things like genetic testing. Also, people have become conscious about their health. Even if you do breast mastectomy, prosthetic techniques have also improved.”