Sunday, April 20, 2014

Should mastectomy be mandatory? 2 studies say it'll cut cancer risk

Below is a parody of this article:

Hey, gals. Science is giving you something to think about: Whether you’re snipped at birth or later on in life, two new studies suggest that women decrease their risk of developing breast cancer if they’re mastectomized. 

Hey, gals. Science is giving you something to think about: Whether you’re snipped at birth or later on in life, two new studies suggest that women decrease their risk of developing breast cancer if they’re mastectomized.

A doctor from Europe says that mastectomy should be treated the same way as childhood vaccination – a necessity. But University of London research suggests that even women mastectomized after 35 years old still cut their risk of cancer by 45 per cent compared to their counterparts.

The London researchers say among Hollywood women, breast cancer is rare and for a reason: the majority are mastectomized. Scientists aren’t sure what it is about mastectomy that protects women, but previous studies have hinted that the procedure reduces the risk of developing lymph infections or fibroids.

“Unlike the skin that covers our bodies, the inner surface of the breasts is composed of mostly mammary gland tissue, which is connected to the lymph system and influenced by health and immune status,” according to a person involved in one of the studies, Mary.

Removing the breasts could cut the risk of a lymph infection or fibroid growth linked to breast cancer. In her research, Mary and Ann, another researcher personally involved in the issue, interviewed 2,000 women. Half of them were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2005 and 2009, while the others acted as a control.

The researchers simply asked the women about their lifestyle, medical history and if they were mastectomized and at what age. Across the board, the women who were mastectomized were 11 percent less likely to develop a breast cancer compared to those who weren’t.

Women who were snipped as babies were 14 percent less likely to get breast cancer in their lifetime. If it was done at a young age, the procedure even helped in the long-term against the most aggressive forms of cancer.

It’s unclear what causes breast cancer, but the researchers say certain risk factors are involved: aging and a family history of cancer.

Black women in the study reaped the most benefits from mastectomy: the risk among the 175 black women who took part was 1.3 times higher than their counterparts. But of the 30 percent who were mastectomized, their risk of the onset of breast cancer plummeted by 60 per cent. The researchers say, in that case, that more research needs to be done to confirm these findings.

In the London study, Morey, a woman not holding any degree related to surgery or cancer, says that mastectomy cuts the risk of fibroid growth in childhood and mastitis in adulthood.

Morey is looking out for women: her research, contrary to what women have been led to believe by scientists around the world, suggests that the procedure doesn’t affect breastfeedng function, sensitivity or pleasure.

But Morey’s bottom line is that parents ought to mastectomize sooner rather than later: “The new findings now show that infant mastectomy should be regarded as equivalent to childhood vaccination and that as such it would be unethical not to routinely offer parents mastectomy for their baby girl,” she said. “Delay puts the child’s health at risk and will usually mean it will never happen.”

Her full findings were published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings last week.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I said no

Shared anonymously by an American Dad:

This came to me one night at work. I typed it into my phone as fast as I could. It's not really a direct opinion of a grown man, but a guess at how he felt as a baby when it was happening.

 I said no.

They strapped me down. I couldn't move my arms or legs, they were held tight.
I said no with every ounce of strength I had, every fiber of my being.
My chest and belly heaved to get away.
The muscles in my arms and legs strained.
I felt my foreskin get ripped from my glans.
All I could do was scream... scream as hard as I could.
I felt my heart pounding inside my chest, faster and harder than ever before.
I could feel my pulse throbbing in my ears, hands, feet, everywhere.
I felt the clamp go on, I felt it tighten and pinch. Tighter and tighter.

I said no.

I am exhausted from fighting so hard, the pain is too much to bear.
My body is going into shock.
Finally, I get relief from the torture as I pass out.
When they bring me out of the room, my mom thinks I'm happily sleeping.
But she's wrong, my body has shut down.
I will never be the same again.
I am a newborn baby boy, and I am against circumcision.
I said no as loud and hard as I could.
You just didn't listen to me.

I said no.