Longterm Comfort with Mastectomies
This is a report from Health Day about a really interesting study from the Mayo Clinic. Longterm breast cancer survivors, twenty years post surgery, were asked about their decision to have prophylactic mastectomies. All those years later, the majority were satisfied with their choice and felt that the reduced anxiety was worth the loss. This fits with my observation that virtually all women,no matter what their decision about surgery, end up feeling comfortable with the choice. Even those women who have been the most tortured and distressed at the time find a way to make peace with their flat chest or reconstructed breast or lumpectomy scars. Whether this is because we are mostly resilient or because of response shift (meaning that we psychologically adjust to new circumstances) or because we are intuitive and know what is right for us, I don't know. But I see it over and over and over.
Here is the introduction and then a link to read more:
Most Cancer Survivors Would Sacrifice Healthy Breast Again: Study
20 years after double mastectomy, 97% say they would make same decision