“Breasts do not make us women” slogan for cancer survivors against reconstruction

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.11.03
“Breasts do not make us women” slogan for cancer survivors against reconstruction
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Putting something foreign in my body was the last thing I wanted”. This is what Debbie Bowers explains about her saying “no” to breast reconstruction after having had her breasts removed. And more women are continuing to choose the same path. To the point of starting a new movement “go flat”. Most doctors place enormous emphasis on the idea that reconstructing the breast can make a woman feel whole again and, thus, complete a woman’s breast cancer therapy. Most women, however, accuse doctors (mostly men) of placing too much emphasis on the aesthetic considerations without providing information regarding the risk of complications involved in reconstruction surgery. Marianne DuQuette Cuozzo, for example, tells about having had 4 infections in five months before deciding to remove the prostheses. “No doctor had suggested the possibility of remaining “breastless”. The operation was proposed to me as an obligatory choice”, she adds. Bowers and other women like her have also produced a video in which the slogan repeated throughout is: “Breasts do not make us women”.

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