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  •  I still don't get it (1+ / 0-)
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    you can monitor it closer, that seem justified but to just start cutting off body parts because of risk does not seem like a good idea to me.

    Surgery comes with it's own risks.

    •  Interesting (2+ / 0-)
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      how you seem to have a greater attachment to Angelina's breasts than she does/did.

      Too many seem to think that because someone has chosen a career in the public eye gives them (i.e., the audience) the right of approval over their lives. Don't know if this describes you and your attachment here, however your use of several terms seems to equate them falsely. For example, body parts are not all equivalent; a breast is substantially different from a limb, and even moreso from a head. You also use risks while seeming to equate all risks, when the risk of surgical complications from a double-mastectomy is many times lower than the risk of developing breast cancer from having the BRAC1 gene.

      We aren't talking here about someone committing self-defenestration so that they might better live in a box; we aren't talking about someone committing self-decapitation; we also aren't talking about someone choosing a greater risk over a smaller one; we are talkng about someone who has made an informed medical decision which she, due to her wealth, had the opportunity to discover and deal with however she might have chosen.

      I think she has that right, not because I assign it to her, but because she is an adult human being. You as another adult human being (assuming you are an adult) too have the right to make your own informed medical decisions, even if they miscatagorize all risks as being equal, and even if you, when faced with similar circumstances, would choose another course of treatment or even none at all.

      PrezObama's only mistake in the sequester is that he assumed that the Republicans would be more loyal to their oath of office to serve the people than their oath to Norquist to never close tax loopholes.

      by SilentBrook on Tue May 14, 2013 at 02:07:46 PM PDT

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    •  In these cases, it's basically either have (1+ / 0-)
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      the surgery now or have it later.  If you wait, you might miss something and end up with a much less treatable cancer.  It's not a wildly uncommon procedure.

    •  Monitor it until cancer develops and hope you (0+ / 0-)

      Can control it afterward?  You say, rightfully, that surgery has risks. What exactly do you think happens when cancer develops? Surgery, chemo, radiation.

      Each with its OWN substantial risks. And it's not like she'll be able to undergo these at the peak of health and with optimal planning. Nope, you're sick with cancer and you undergo therapies. That's kind of how it works.

      You realize that she has children who really want to grow up and have their mother in 10-20-30+ years?

      She lost her mother when she was still young. I think there is a lot going into this deciding beyond two organs that I'm sure are quite lovely (and have rebuilt to be lovely again) but really don't perform any required service to her physical well being on a day-to-day basis.

      And if I knew I had an 87% chance of contracting cancer, that stress alone would be so bad for my physical well being. I don't believe in cutting healthy bodies. But the point is, the probability is that her body would not be healthy much longer.

      It's an incredibly challenging and courageous she decided to do with her husband at her side.

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:28:20 PM PDT

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