The New York Times’ Well Blog has written an informative article about breast reconstruction in women who have had or are at risk for breast cancer. The topic was highlighted last week when actress Angelina Jolie wrote about her choice to have a double mastectomy. Although some advocates praised Jolie’s decision to go public about her decision, others worried that having a mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery may be glamorized. Geri Barish, president of 1 in 9: The Long Island Breast Cancer Action Coalition has said, “I don’t want people to think this is the cure-all, that this is it, hurry up, run out and get the test and have your ovaries and breasts removed.” There is much to consider when contemplating having a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Things to consider include the many types of reconstruction and techniques, costs, and benefits vs. risks.
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