'Angelina Jolie Effect' On Cancer Gene Testing
Women at greatest risk were the ones who sought genetic counseling, researcher said
The surgery is known as a contralateral preventive mastectomy (CPM). "Many newly diagnosed breast cancer patients are undergoing CPM, but we find many more -- over half -- are actually considering CPM [at some point] in their decision-making process," said study author Dr. Katharine Yao, director of the breast surgical program at NorthShore University Health System, in Evanston, Ill.
She is also due to present her findings at the ASCO meeting.
In the end, just 12 of the women chose the CPM.
Those who consider having it, she said, have more anxiety than the other women.
Yao said her study points to the need to do a better job of educating women that the risk of developing cancer in the opposite breast is actually low.
Studies presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.