Choosing a Mastectomy to Beat Cancer

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By Rochelle Dean

(WOLO) COLUMBIA, S.C., --

After finding out she was diagnosed with breast cancer, a then single 40 year old mother, Latan Cox wondered who would take care of her son, If Chemotherapy would make her loose her hair and if having a double mastectomy would reduce her chances of dealing with the disease in the future.

Determined to fight, Cox says she made the choice to have both breast removed. Unfortunately, she says nearly 5 years later the cancer, that had now attacked to scar tissue had returned.

Cox says she refused to stop fighting and elected to undergo a second mastectomy, reconstruction surgery, radiation and this time a hysterectomy to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

While she now has a clean bill of health she says she is on medication to help keep the cancer at bay.

Doctors say Cox isn't alone. A lot of women are electing to have the procedure to reduce the risk, but some in the medical field say some people are jumping the gun because they may not need it.

Some in the medical field say a mammogram is still the best way to detect breast cancer years before it appears.

Men and women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer or those with a high family history should be tested to find out if a mastectomy is the right move for them.
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