If you or a loved one were diagnosed with Breast Cancer, how would you react?
The most common answer would probably be tears, fear and uncertainty of the future with this diagnosis.
An article from ScienceDaily offers another reaction: get a second opinion.
It may seem odd from the outside; Oncologists spend years in medical school and even more in the field training to identify cancer and eliminate the possibility of a different diagnosis, but hundreds of people are doing it.
In a survey performed by surgical oncologist Nancy DeMore M.D. and The Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina it was found that 43% of the 70 patients diagnosed with breast cancer requested a second opinion.
Of those 70 patients, 16 were diagnosed with additional cancers after a biopsy.
DeMore and her colleagues stress the importance of getting a second opinion after a cancer diagnosis.
“As a surgeon, when someone asks me if they should get a second opinion, I always encourage it,” DeMore said.