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Cancer survivor is proud of her ''battle wound'' scars

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Women who face a mastectomy for breast cancer may worry that the procedure, not to mention follow-up operations like breast reconstructions, may leave large scars that are difficult to conceal. Several survivors told the Twin Falls Times-News that this is not necessarily true, and that even if it were, women should be proud of how their bodies change.

Kristen Hancock told the Idaho newspaper that her scars from a cesarean section are something she is happy to show others, be they close friends or inquisitive and sympathetic strangers.

Marcia Beaver, who overcame breast cancer more than 20 years ago, agrees with this sentiment. She had a breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, and she says that her scars are something that she is glad to show other women.

“I talked at a lot of places [support groups] right after it happened, and I just felt like women needed to see what reconstruction could look like,” she told the news source.

She noted that the surgery, its fading scars and her recent experience of menopause have encouraged her to reconsider how she defines her womanhood.

Approximately 80,000 women get breast reconstructions each year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Hansen A. Women grow to love their "imperfect" bodies. Twin Falls Times-News. May 23, 2011. http://www.magicvalley.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/article_e992543e-04fd-59eb-8c9a-8d06bd94f8b2.html Accessed June 7, 2011.

Fat Stem Cells Being Studied As Option For Breast Reconstruction. ScienceDaily. Oct 27, 2006. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061026185124.htm Accessed June 7, 2011.

Extract: Marcia Beaver, who overcame breast cancer more than 20 years ago, agrees with this sentiment. She had a breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, and she says that her scars are something that she is glad to show other women.

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