October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the city of Lansing chose to go the distance and think pink. The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was held at the State Capitol building. The walk is a noncompetitive 3 to 5-mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by the disease. What started as volunteering turned into a mission for Katie Jones. “I am a senior manager for community development at the American Cancer Society which means I get to work with thousands of volunteers across the mid-Michigan Lansing and Flint markets,” Jones said.
By CELESTE BOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING – A new study from the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center shows that 70 percent of breast cancer patients who undergo double-mastectomy surgery have no clinical reason for doing so. The study attributes that finding primarily to psychological factors, such as fear of cancer recurrence. Sarah Hawley, a U-M professor and co-author of the study, said removing both breasts is a radical step that’s unnecessary for most patients. “Women appear to be using worry over cancer recurrence to choose a double mastectomy,” Hawley said. “This doesn’t make sense because having a non-affected breast removed will not reduce the risk of recurrence in the affected breast.”
The study reported on 1,446 women who had been treated for breast cancer and who hadn’t had a recurrence.