Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Men Share Opinions About Angelina Jolie's Preventative Double Mastectomy

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laurel (#4,035)

Who's this "we", Michael Skolnik?

IBentMyWookie (#133)

@laurel I'm a laydee and I agree with him.

laurel (#4,035)

@IBentMyWookie As is your prerogative. But what "trouble" does he see himself in if some women choose prophylactic mastectomy when facing high risk factors for specific cancers? I won't be considering him, you or anyone but my own interests in using the best medical science I can afford to survive cancer.

There will hopefully be better treatments soon but they'll probably be too late for women hitting 40 now.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

@laurel Is he not using "we" to refer to a species that in 2013 is still resorting to amputation to deal with illness?

And is this same amputation the "best medical science" to which you refer? And is that not chilling?

messica (#234,148)

@IBentMyWookie Obviously everyone with a defective gene shouldn't have a mastectomy, but she states her estimated risk was like 87%. That is pretty high. That's not just beans. She didn't get the more drastic and body-function altering oophorectomy for her 50% risk of ovarian cancer. This is what's available treatment-wise (to men and women) now when you get that news, it's certainly not slowing down actual cure research as much as the bloated charities and pinkification "save the boobies" bullshit that postures as the potential end of cancer and not a political PAC with a tax exemption.

laurel (#4,035)

@IBentMyWookie Amputation is in no way appealing and yeah, if I faced it I imagine I'd learn just how apt "chilling" is as a descriptor. But it may, at this moment, be the best prevention for gene-linked cancers. Treatment of breast cancers also often require amputation, as well as other torments.

My original point was that Michael Skolnik, as a man seemingly far afield from the medical practice, ethics, research and advocacy community, could mind his own beeswax regarding the medical decisions of women and, IDK, advocate for cancer research funding.

deepomega (#1,720)

I demand more opinions. MORE.

IBentMyWookie (#133)


@IBentMyWookie I'm glad that I wasn't the only person who immediately thought of the other recent New York Times article on breast cancer. Especially as it referenced women getting preventive double mastectomies AND brought up that there is little research being done on how to effectively cure this kind of cancer.

Anthony De Rosa's tweet is actually a quote from a woman.

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