BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Award-winning TV Chef and Author, Sandra Lee reveals she has breast cancer and is now telling women, ‘you must be screened.’
But there’s a lot of mis-information on breast cancer treatment out there. But Dr. Ronald Bauer a Breast Cancer Surgeon says voluntary mastectomies are becoming more common.
In an interview with People Magazine- Sandra Lee says she she was doing a photo shoot for people magazine- when she found out about her diagnosis. Doctors caught the cancer early.
She has had a lumpectomy and is gearing up for a second surgery, a voluntary double mastectomy. “She had “ductal carcinoma in situ” which is stage zero breast cancer so no one dies of that, and it doesn’t go to lymph-nodes. It’s not treated with chemotherapy. So with her having a double mastectomy- if all they find is in “situ” she’s got about a 99 percent cure rate with no additional treatment.”
Dr. Ronald Bauer from Breast Care Of Western New York says, “I think a lot of it is anxiety related. Women will say I have a cancer of the one breast- I never want to go through this again- and every time I go for a future mammogram- i’m going to be sweating blood. I just want them both gone and that’s the end of it- and it’s hard to argue with that.”
He says now almost 50 percent of his patients are opting for double mastectomies. Some of this is because of celebrities like Christina Applegate and Angelina Jolie– they carried the BRCA gene- a genetic mutation which makes them more likely to get breast cancer. Lee doesn’t have the gene but still encourages her family to get tested. And Bauer agrees- early detection saves lives.
“Once you come in with a lump, you’re already starting to have to play catch up because it’s already a couple centimeters in size and it may not be stage zero it might be stage two.”