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Voluntary Double Mastectomy
If you’re a woman diagnosed with the BRCA1 or 2 gene, there generally are no symptoms, unless you’ve developed cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes known as tumor suppressors, and mutations of these genes have been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. When Lisa Jey discovered she had the BRCA2 mutation, she decided to take action.
Last year, Lisa’s sister, Mimi, passed away after a seven-year battle with ovarian cancer, which played a role in her decision to get screened for BRCA.
“Once I was diagnosed, I felt like I was a ticking time bomb,” Lisa says. “I made a choice right then and there to take the more aggressive approach with preventative surgery.”
“Prophylactic, or preventative, removal of breast tissue gives you 90-percent better odds against developing breast cancer,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says.
“Once I found out I could alleviate all the risk by getting rid of the breast tissue, I said let’s go in,” Lisa says.
Plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Cassileth, who performed Lisa’s mastectomy and reconstruction, explains how the procedure differs from a traditional mastectomy, which are followed by breast reconstruction months later.
“We make an incision under the breast or right at the edge of the nipple’s areola, where the whole breast is taken out, then the implant is put in, in one stage,” Dr. Cassileth says.
“In one stage, you are removing that potentially precancerous [breast] tissue and reconstructing the breast at the same time,” plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon adds. “[It is] huge for women trying to prevent breast cancer.”
The procedure also inserts collagen sheeting with each implant, which acts as an internal bra, to keep the implant from moving, shifting and rippling.
“I’m doing great,” Lisa says. “On the road to recovery.”
Heart Health: Omega-3s
Chest pain, shortness of breath, radiation of pain through your arm or jaw; these could all be signs of heart disease. February is American Heart Health month, and The Doctors and cardiologist and paid spokesperson for Schiff Nutrition, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, show you how to decrease your risk by up to 80 percent.
“Start taking steps to control the risk factors that increase your chances of heart disease like smoking, obesity, high cholesterol levels and a diet high in saturated fats,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.
“To lower your chances of developing heart disease,” Dr. Sears adds, “don’t smoke, keep a healthy weight and exercise, and eat nuts, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, which can help reduce your risk by 80 percent.”
Hi Doctors, I heard that omega-3s are important to heart health. Is that true? And if so, how?
“Omega-3s are unsaturated fatty acids that make your [blood] plateletes less sticky,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “So they’re less likely to form clots, which can lead to a heart attack.”
“Diet is a big part of being heart healthy and part of a heart healthy diet is incorporating omega-3s,” Dr. Steinbaum says. “You can get them in salmon, you can get them in walnuts, but sometimes you need to take an omega-3 supplement everyday, like krill oil."
Krill oil contains powerful antioxidants that fish oil doesn’t, which protect the body from free radicals that can cause cancer and aging. Krill oil is also not as harsh on the stomach, and easier for the body to absorb. Plus, it is highly concentrated, so all you need is one soft gel daily.
“But remember, as with all supplements, consult your doctor before using krill oil,” Dr. Steinbaum says. “Especially if you have a bleeding disorder or seafood allergy.”
• For more information, visit SchiffMegaRed.com and Srsheart.com.
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