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The Unique Way I Chose To Honor My Breasts Before My Double Mastectomy

Leslie Natasha Jackson | Posted 11.24.2016 | Women
Leslie Natasha Jackson

I never felt my breasts defined me or who I was as a woman. Rather, my breasts were a part of me. Losing my breasts has been a brutal process, but having the opportunity to honor that part of me in advance has helped me to move forward.

Proof Breasts Don't Make You A Woman

Posted 09.30.2013 | Women

We often think of breasts as being inextricably linked to a woman's femininity -- but what about women who don't have them, such as breast cancer pati...

How to Build a Boob: What to Consider With Breast Reconstruction

Lisa Masters | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Lisa Masters

I survived Stage III breast cancer at the age of 46, but then developed infection after infection while trying to rebuild my breasts.

The Op-Ed Heard Around the World and the Genetic Test the 99 Percent Can't Afford

Tara L. Meltzer | Posted 07.15.2013 | Women
Tara L. Meltzer

Unlike Ms. Jolie, I didn't look like someone in a science fiction movie. I woke up with my mind forever pacified by the weight in my chest from the implants.

Breast Cancer Risk: Jolie Way Is Not the Only Way

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

Celebrities often set trends: they show us what to wear, create hairstyles, and inspire tattoos. But when it comes to your health it is important to know the facts before joining a trend.

Thank You, Angelina Jolie

Jackie Morgan MacDougall | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Jackie Morgan MacDougall

Like me, Angelina Jolie opted to do whatever she could to drastically decrease the odds of being diagnosed with cancer -- she underwent a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy.

Positive Margins, Positively Unacceptable: How We Can Help Women Get on the Road to Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

Susan Scanlan | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Scanlan

As a surviving sister in the breast cancer sorority, I look forward to the day when positive margins no longer stand in the way of a woman's safe and speedy path to recovery and remission.

Can You Hear Me? Women and Their Doctors Talking About Surgery to Prevent Breast Cancer

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

Women with breast cancer should be helped to clearly understand what can and cannot be achieved by prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and the potentially significant risks of the procedure. Doctors, in turn, should accept that a reduction in fear is a worthwhile goal in cancer treatment.

Why A Mastectomy Was The Best Choice For Me

Amy Curran Baker | Posted 12.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Curran Baker

I decided that I would undergo a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. I remember the frustration I felt at not having the mastectomy sooner. I wanted to fast track the whole thing. I wanted those things off yesterday.


Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
Annabelle Gurwitch

When I hear reporters asking delegates if they think people are energized to re-elect President Obama, I have to think that many of his once fervent supporters, like me, are just a little... tired, that's all. But we will have to find a way to rally.

A New Paradigm for Breast Cancer Treatment and Reconstruction

Michael Yaremchuk, M.D. | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Yaremchuk, M.D.

This year, almost 300,000 U.S. women will have been diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. A new trend in the treatment and rehabilitation with women diagnosed with breast cancer has evolved in many major medical centers.

Life After Breast Cancer: Would You Forgo Reconstructive Surgery?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices

When it comes to breast cancer detection, you've got mammograms, biopsies and, in the case of Shondia McFadden-Sabari, intuition. "I had no symptoms. ...

The Many Splendors of Boobs

Lee Woodruff | Posted 12.07.2011 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

For every woman who has removed a lump, gotten a scare, lost a breast, had a mastectomy, taken care of and nurtured someone who has brushed up against the evil of "The Big C" -- I salute you. Stay in the race, and keep fighting.

Wanda Sykes Reveals Breast Cancer, Double Mastectomy

Posted 11.23.2011 | Black Voices

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month approaches, some public figures are speaking out in an effort to help bring attention to the disease. For comedienne ...

How To Talk To A 27-Year-Old With Cancer

Emily Cousins | Posted 09.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Emily Cousins

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32, I was the youngest person in the oncologist's office -- by decades.

Why F*ck Cancer?

Yael Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Yael Cohen

I decided I would do something to teach people how to look for cancer instead of just find it, because early detection really was my family's salvation.

Don't Get Breast Cancer (Again)

Dr. Maoshing Ni | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Maoshing Ni

The prevalence of breast cancer begs the question: why hasn't there been more focus and resources devoted to prevention of the disease in the first place?

Reconstructing Myself: Implants After Breast Cancer

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

In truth, this surgery comes at the tail end of eight years of struggling to get my breasts to look "right" after a double mastectomy and two failed reconstructions.

VIDEO: New Frontiers in Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Kathy Plesser, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Kathy Plesser, MD

Hormone therapy is a standard treatment for both early-stage and metastatic breast cancer. New studies show that extending the duration of treatment in post-menopausal women may reduce recurrence and improve survival.

Safe Breast Self Exam by Young Women vs. Dangers of Mammography

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

A premenopausal woman having annual mammograms over 10 years is exposed to similar levels of radiation as a Japanese woman who was about a mile away from the Hiroshima bomb.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BRCA Genes

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, I used to hate Breast Cancer Awareness Month for another reason entirely.

Burning Bras with Keira Knightley

Darryle Pollack | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Darryle Pollack

Like Knightley stood up to Hollywood by demanding to be accepted as flatchested, I chose not to have my body artificially enhanced after breast cancer and a mastectomy.