Why I disagree with Angelina Jolie's mastectomy decision

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Dear Pharmacist: Do you agree with Angelina Jolie's decision to remove her breasts to prevent cancer? — S.I., Atlanta, Ga.

Dear S.I.: When I heard about her double mastectomy, my heart sank for her because I'm sure she was paralyzed by fear. After all, nobody wants to hear the "C" word leave their doctor's lips. Her decision was based on the doctors she trusts, but I disagree with it.

She's supposedly removing her ovaries next. Should we tell her the BRCA-1 gene increases the risk of pancreatic cancer? She'll yank it. In men, BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes increase the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.

These surgeons are going to dissect her while she's still alive and thriving. Except she won't be thriving very long if they take out her ovaries and begin drug therapy to replace progesterone and estrogen. Certain hormone replacement medications increase the risk of breast cancer (a tragic irony) as well as depression, gallstones, blood clots, uterine cancer, heart attacks and stroke.

Preventive breast removal is a disturbingly popular trend that is being hailed as a reasonable, if not celebrated, choice. Saline or silicone implants make it harder to detect breast cancer and, according to the British Medical Journal, increase a woman's risk of dying should she happen to develop breast cancer.

Angelina's story makes me admire Suzanne Somers even more. She was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago and was forced to make a life or death decision. She chose well. The author of "Bombshell" still thrives today and is as vivacious as her old character of Chrissy from TV's "Three's Company."

Angelina could have peed in a cup and learned more about her breast cancer risk. I'm talking about a 24-hour urine collection test that provides metabolite levels of your hormones, kind of like glimpsing inside your cells. For example, a naturally occurring estrogen metabolite called 2-Methoxyestradiol protects you from breast cancer. If you're low, you can increase levels with natural supplements such as DIM, B vitamins and magnesium. Detoxifying poisons is critical. I have more information about this in my e-book, "Breast Cancer Protection," sold through my website.

Mastectomies and breast implantation generate trillions of dollars for surgeons, radiologists, hospitals, pharmacies and drug companies. Lifestyle factors, diet, persistent organic pollutants, vitamin or mineral deficiencies and your body's innate ability to detoxify poisons all play a role in developing cancer. Common sense will tell you that if remove your breasts, or ovaries, or whatever ... you're still a delicious host to cancer in your lungs, uterus, pancreas, wherever.

It's a dangerous trend. Don't remove body parts to prevent cancer, instead make your body an inhospitable host!

This is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Go to SuzyCohen.com.

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