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Announcement icon 2020 Announcements is interviewing several people (virtually from your home) for a video about the decision making process regarding surgery for breast cancer. The video will feature diverse experiences from people of all backgrounds who had either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. We would love to hear from you if you're interested in sharing the following information about your story:

  • Which two or more specific surgical options were you given?
  • Why did you make your decision?
  • What was your decision making process?
  • How did it feel to go through the experience of making the decision?
  • What questions did you ask before you made the decision?
  • In hindsight, are there questions you wish you had asked before the procedure?
  • What advice would you give to people who are deciding on their surgery right now about how to choose what's best for them?
  • Did you have a lumpectomy and an oncoplastic surgery?

Please contact Ella at by Friday, January 22 if you're interested in being interviewed.

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  • Not Diagnosed But Worried

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    Breast cancer symptoms vary widely. According to the American Cancer Society, in addition to a lump, breast cancer symptoms can include swelling, skin irritation, dimpling, breast pain, changes to the nipple, thickening of the breast skin, or unusual nipple discharge. Still, some breast cancers cause no symptoms at all.

    Note: Please do not post pictures of your symptoms. It's important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor.

    Learn more about breast cancer symptoms and diagnosis. Check out our slideshows on testing anxiety, mammograms, and more.

    Intro medically reviewed by: Brian Wojciechowski, M.D.
    Last review date: November 22, 2020

    Latest post: Mammogram found new mass by LivinLife 5 hours ago

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    For members not diagnosed with breast cancer, but waiting for test results:  Biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound, or other screening tests. Waiting is VERY difficult but remember...

    "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." -- Corrie Ten Boom

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    A safe place to discuss benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions. Benign breast conditions are unusual growths or other changes in the breast tissue that are not cancer, though some may be associated with an increase in breast cancer risk. Benign breast conditions are quite common.

    Latest post: long term side effects after core needle biopsy by Sunshine99 Jan 14, 2021 11:47AM

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    Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

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