Surgical decisions made by 158 women with hereditary breast cancer aged <50 years.
AuthorsEvans, D Gareth R
Baildam, Andrew D
AffiliationAcademic Unit of Medical Genetics and Regional Genetics Service, St Mary's Hospital, Hathersage Road, Manchester, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org
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AbstractAIM: To establish the uptake of contralateral risk reducing mastectomy in women informed of their risks and options at time of diagnosis of their primary unilateral breast cancer. METHODS: We have assessed the surgical choices of 70 women diagnosed with breast cancer <50 years as part of a family history surveillance program and fully informed about their contralateral risks and surgical options. We have compared this to women from other surgical clinics who were subsequently found to harbour a pathogenic BRCA1/2 mutation. RESULTS: Sixty-five percent (13/20) of BRCA1/2 mutation carriers and 59% (n=20/34) of those at the highest level of risk pre-diagnosis (33+% lifetime risk) opted for contra-lateral mastectomy in the study sample. In contrast only 10% (n=9/88) women identified as mutation carriers from other clinics opted for such surgery. CONCLUSIONS: We would suggest that women with a significant family history and therefore a high contra-lateral breast cancer risk, should have these risks and management options discussed at the time of diagnosis of breast cancer.
CitationSurgical decisions made by 158 women with hereditary breast cancer aged <50 years. 2005, 31 (10):1112-8 Eur J Surg Oncol
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology