Ask The Pharmacist: Why I disagree with Jolie's decision

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows actress Angelina Jolie at the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, 'My Medical Choice.' She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows actress Angelina Jolie at the 84th Academy Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, "My Medical Choice." She writes that between early February and late April she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

Question: Do you agree with Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her breasts to prevent cancer? S.I., Atlanta, Georgia

Answer: When I heard about her double mastectomy, my heart sank for her because I’m sure she was paralyzed by fear. After all, nobody wants to hear the “C” word leave their doctor’s lips. Her decision was based on the doctors she trusts but I disagree with it.

She’s supposedly removing her ovaries next. Should we tell her the BRCA1 gene increases risk of pancreatic cancer? She’ll yank it. In men, the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene increases risk of testicular and prostate cancer. Poor Brad, do you think he’ll humor his wife?

These surgeons are going to dissect her while she’s still alive and thriving. Good grief! She won’t be thriving very long if they take out her ovaries and begin drug therapy to replace progesterone and estrogen. Certain hormone replacement medications increase risk of breast cancer (a tragic irony) as well as depression, gallstones, blood clots, uterine cancer, heart attack and stroke. And she pays her doctors to keep her healthy.

Preventative breast removal is a disturbingly popular trend that is being hailed as a reasonable, if not celebrated choice. Saline or silicone implants make it harder to detect breast cancer and according to the British Medical Journal, increase a woman’s risk of dying should she happen to develop breast cancer.

Angelina’s story makes me admire Suzanne Somers even more. I know her from medical conferences and book signings because we share the same circle as authors of health books. I love her, everybody loves her! She was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago, and forced to make a life or death decision. She chose well. The “Bombshell” author still thrives today and is just as vivacious as Chrissy from “Three’s Company.”

Jolie could have peed in a cup and learned more about her breast cancer risk than taking a genetic test which cost her several thousand dollars! I’m talking about a 24-hour urine collection test that provides metabolite levels of your hormones, kind of like glimpsing inside your cells. For example, a naturally-occurring estrogen metabolite called “2-methoxyestradiol” protects you from breast cancer. If you’re low, you can increase levels with natural supplements such as DIM, B vitamins, magnesium and others. Detoxifying poisons is critical. I have more information about this in my e-book Breast Cancer Protection sold at my website.

Since when is conventional medicine genuinely interested in preventing disease? Mastectomies and breast implantation generate trillions of dollars for surgeons, radiologists, hospitals, pharmacies and drug companies. Lifestyle factors, diet, persistent organic pollutants (POPS), vitamin or mineral deficiencies and your body’s innate ability to detoxify poisons all play a role in developing cancer. Common sense will tell you that if remove your breasts, or ovaries, or whatever ... you’re still a delicious host to cancer in your lungs, uterus, pancreas, wherever. It’s a dangerous trend. Don’t remove body parts to prevent cancer, make your body an inhospitable host!

Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. The information presented here is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. Always consult your physician. Visit dearpharmacist.com.

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Comments » 8

Pitoq writes:

Suzy, I know very little about the workings of the medical industry, but I agree with you completely. It is not in the business of keeping or making us healthy. It is in the business of making money. Were I her, I would have made a different decision. I also don't trust doctors. But, it was her decision to make.

ed34145 writes:

It is a PERSONAL choice. It really is not up to YOU to agree or disagree with her choice. You really don't know what you would do until you are in that situation and then it would be your choice and your choice alone. It is awfully presumptive of you to agree or disagree.

WizeOlMarco writes:

"Her decision was based on the doctors she trusts but I disagree with it." How can S. Cohen have any fact based opinion; she never met, treated or analyzed any part of A. Jolie. S. Cohen's primary career is internet promotion. Shame on NDN to call this news.

WMissow writes:

in response to ed34145:

It is a PERSONAL choice. It really is not up to YOU to agree or disagree with her choice. You really don't know what you would do until you are in that situation and then it would be your choice and your choice alone. It is awfully presumptive of you to agree or disagree.

Totally correct, ed!

melissa6869 writes:

I agree with this article! Nobody can predict what they will die from or when they will die! There are many diets that make it almost impossible for cancer to thrive. This article is the best article I have read on the subject, and brings about an important point, that she is weakening her system by having surgeries.

1Paradiselost writes:

Why did this paper print this story? I would expect to see this story in the scandal papers sold in the check-out line at the Winn-Dixie.

MARCO EAGLE... How about the baseball BOX scores!!!!

How about once a week showing the stock market results?

How about printing the Funny pages?

Next, Will we have the names of the Marco Island residents who have melanomas removed?

maharg writes:

Suzy, you are an idiot ! she lowered her risk of breast cancer from 87% to 5%. That's a no-brainer so I'm surprised you missed because you qualify.

Northerner writes:

Suzy...really? Vitamins, diet and exercise to prevent breast cancer from a gene mutation??!!While that may be benificial for a healthy person it's not going the lower the risk for someone with BRCA 1 and 2. Chemo agents such as tamoxifen MIGHT reduce breast cancer risk in women with BRCA2 gene mutations, the same may not be true for those with BRCA1. mutations. It's interesting how you talk about "detoxifying poisons" but failed to mention the cancer surveillance protocol for those who choose not to have preventative mastectomy, such as mammagrams at least 3 time a year. What about all that radiation Suzy? In addition to mammagrams, frequent clinical exams, MRIs, and ultrasounds are necessary. They do not lower ones risk of getting cancer from gene mutations they are tools for early detection. As far as breast implants go, a person who has a mastectomy with implants afterwards, in most cases does not need mammograms because there is no breast tissue. You are referring to someone who has cosmetic implants. Suzy you have done the public a great disservice with your ill informed medical advice and so has this paper for printing it!

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