Women at high-risk of developing cancer are attempting to avoid cancer treatment by opting to have their breasts and ovaries removed.
This is the finding of a study into the rate of uptake of risk-reduction surgery by women with a gene mutation that means they are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer of the breast or ovary.
Women aged between 35 and 45-years were more likely to choose risk-reduction surgery within two years of learning the results of a genetic mutation test but other women were delayed surgery for as long as seven years.
Dr Gareth Evans, consultant in clinical genetics at the Genesis Prevention Center, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust and a professor at the University of Manchester, commented on the trend.
He said: "Women have their breasts or ovaries removed based on their risk. It does not always happen immediately after counseling or a genetic test result and can take more than seven years for patients to decide to go forward with surgery."
Researchers at the University of Manchester recently carried out research that established a link between obesity and breast cancer.