Truths Of Mastectomy. This Will Change Your Concept Of Femininity.

If your family has a history of any type of cancer, consider voluntary or preventive mastectomy to avoid suffering this disease in the future. Vanity or health. Beauty or death.

The fear of breast cancer is a growing situation. And I would dare to say that with good reason, since it is one of the most common cancers and to which both women and men are prone. There are two main types of breast cancer: ductal carcinoma, which is the most common and begins in the ducts that carry milk from the breast to the nipple, and lobular carcinoma, which arises in the lobules, parts of the breasts and produces breast milk.

The causes can be several: from the arrival of the menstrual period at an early age, an advanced age (although there are a few cases of breast cancer in young women), advanced age at the time of the first delivery or never having had a child, family history of breast cancer; there is also the fact of consuming hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, consuming liquor and being white; finally, 5 to 10 percent of cases are caused by inherited genetic mutations.

Taking these points into account, it is reasonable that many of us are concerned about being possible “carriers” of this – almost – lethal disease, and it is logical that we resort to one and a thousand possibilities to detect it in time, or in fact, uproot this problem.

The MASTECTOMY VOLUNTARY or PREVENTIVE, as its name implies, is an invasive surgery by means of which one or both mammary glands removed; There are two types of surgery: one, in which the entire breast and nipple are removed; whereas a subcutaneous mastectomy removes only the breast tissue and leaves the nipple intact. According to the National Cancer Institute of the United States, most doctors recommend total mastectomy, as it ensures greater protection against the disease.

Interesting, isn’t it? However, there is a high rate of women who, although they are likely to suffer from one of the two types of breast cancer in the future, are extremely afraid of having this preventive surgery. The reason? Not only the consequences of said operation, but the psychological and aesthetic effect that it may have on them. Is femininity at risk when having a mastectomy? No. Absolutely not. Vanity or health. Beauty or death. Mastectomy does not make a woman lose femininity.

Taking these factors into account, I have found out some relevant points about voluntary mastectomy. Let’s see:

  • Preventive surgery reduces a woman’s future chances of developing breast cancer by 90 percent.

  • This surgical intervention is only performed on women with a high probability of developing breast cancer in the future.

  • This operation is not an “act of vanity”, therefore, it should not be considered a cosmetic surgery, but PREVENTIVE.

  • It is appropriate that before a woman undergoes this operation, she becomes aware of it; For this reason, I recommend that you attend psychological therapy, since not only will you have a series of expectations about your future intimate life, but the concept you have of yourself can be compromised.

  • After preventive surgery, the woman can undergo a reconstructive operation on her breasts at the same time, and thus not feel dissatisfied with her appearance and femininity.

  • As the couple’s relationship can present some drawbacks, it is best that before the wife undergoes this operation, both attend a couples therapy so that they clearly know the possible pros and cons of it.

  • After the proper recovery from surgery, the intimate life of the couple can continue without any limitation or prejudice, as long as the husband shows a natural attitude towards the intervention.

Cancer is a disease that can change a family’s life plans at any time, and anyone can get it; for this reason, it is better to be safe than sorry. We must always give ourselves the opportunity to improve our quality of life with our loved ones.

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