When It’s YOU that has to make the tough decisions! {Sponsored Post}

by Kathy Sykes on June 26, 2013 · 0 comments


 **Thanks to SITS Girls for the opportunity and Lifescript for sponsoring this post about breast cancer

Recently, there has been lots of buzz about Angelina Jolie making the tough decision to have a voluntary double mastectomy because of the cancer gene that she carries that she inherited from her Mom (who died from breast cancer). Now, the question has arisen if the decision that she made was really a brave one or one that was made out of fear.

I posed this question to my close college friend whose aunt died from breast cancer and her mother has been diagnosed with breast cancer as well. My friend has been tested for the cancer gene through the BRACAnalysis and it was detected that she has it. Thus, my question to her was if she would be willing to voluntarily have a mastectomy to lower her risk?

This was her answer….

“When making such a serious decision there are several things that need to be considered”:

  • If you decide to have the BRACAnalysis, you have to decide what you are going to do with the results. Sometimes knowing that you have the gene can stress you out more than not knowing. And if you do have the gene, then what?
  • You have to remember that the test is not a diagnosis of cancer! It has helped thousands of women get information that enabled them to make important choices and take steps to reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer and having a mastectomy is only one choice
  • Assess your finance because having a voluntary mastectomy is still considered elective surgery and many insurance companies will not pay even with the BRACAnalysis results.
  • Take religion into account. Some think that making decisions on your own can be a faithless decision and whose to say that you will ever get cancer. There may be a 60% risk that you will but there is also a 40% chance that you won’t.
  • Children should be taken into consideration. If you have children, then you and your partner can decide how to best proceed under the circumstances. If you desire to have children and have a mastectomy, there may be hindrances in breast feeding, etc.
  • Have a voluntary mastectomy does not take away the risk 

At this point, my friend has decided not to take such a drastic choice but to do alternative methods that include yearly mammograms, ultrasounds, self breast examinations and keeping a watchful eye for unusual changes. She also believes that Angelina decision was a brave decision in that she feels that anything that you can do to improve your life is worth doing.


In doing research of ways to reduce your cancer risk, I used the site Lifescript.com which is a site that overs information for healthy living for women. Not only do they talk about health and fitness, but also lifestyle changes and ways to feed your soul and spirit.

Every woman is different and choices should be based on individual lifestyles. What works for one may not work for all. But we are blessed to have choices and to have access to information in order to be well informed.

Want to find more posts relating to breast cancer? Then be sure you do not miss these articles:

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This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of Lifescript.com.


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