This is honestly the best poster I have found in a while supporting breast cancer awareness. I am honestly so sick of seeing, “set the tatas free” and “save the boobies”. There is no reason in hell a life threatening, life ruining disease should be sexualized. “Don’t wear a bra day,” go fuck yourselves. You’re not saving a pair of tits, you’re saving the entire package: mind, body, and soul included. Women are not just a pair of breasts.
Okay, folks. Here’s a bit of a breast cancer education.
93% of diagnoses are women over the age of 50. It sucks for them, too, but they have some good things going for them, like the fact that their breast tissue isn’t as dense as it used to be anymore, so it’s easier to find problems before they become BIG problems. In their case, there’s a good chance they can get away with a lumpectomy and actually save their breast tissue.
The other 7% have a host of things working AGAINST them. First, the younger you are, the denser your tissue. The denser your tissue, the harder it is to find a lump. And the longer you have that lump you can’t really feel, the greater the chances that it’ll grow too big to give you a reasonable chance at saving part of the breast. Also, the breast cancers in younger patients tend to be more aggressive, and require more radical treatments. Doctors will remove more lymph nodes to check for metastasis. And, in most cases, the doctor will end up recommending that the patient have the entire breast removed.
But wait. There’s more.
How many of you think that the new boobs, whatever they will be, are implanted during removal?
Yeah, they don’t do that much anymore, especially in younger patients. Chemotherapy, if necessary, warps natural tissue replacement, and sometimes impedes the healing process around implants, so surgeons usually opt to wait a few months to place implants. Which means a second surgery of some kind. If you opt for silicone or saline implants, you’ll have tissue expanders in you for a few months after surgery. But if you opt to do some kind of tissue replacement, they take the fat from your belly along with one of your abdominal muscles. Plus, if you’re really well-endowed, they may have to do a breast reduction on the other side. All of this means a LOT of recovery time, in addition to the recovery time after the initial surgery. If you have that much time off, great. A lot of people don’t.
And that’s why some people opt not to replace their breasts at all.
I’m not pointing out the age difference here to say that older women aren’t sexy or anything, but I ALWAYS see young women in these fucking ads, one way or another, and frankly the LAST thing young women with breast cancer should be concerned about should be saving their tatas. In their cases, the far more pressing concern is usually figuring out how to actually save their lives from aggressive forms of cancer. One of their breasts, if not both of them, get yanked out of medical necessity, and we as a society should do nothing but assure those young women that choosing to remove one or both of their breasts is not shameful.
So yes to all the stuff OP said, but there’s the background. For someone the age of the model, breast cancer actually IS life-threatening.