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Plastic surgery helps breast cancer survivors recover their identity

For some women, the decision to undergo a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer is a difficult one, as it can lead to them feeling as though their femininity has been compromised.

KVAL reports that women are seeking reconstructive surgery to help recover their identities as women, a decision that also stems from wanting to move on from breast cancer.

Katie Burk was 23-years-old when she was diagnosed with the disease, and opted for a double mastectomy. The same day she had her breasts removed she underwent reconstructive surgery to provide her with new ones.

For Staci Sisk, several rounds of chemotherapy and surgeries left her feeling insecure about her body. She waited a few months after complete treatment before opting for reconstructive surgery, but says that it was a decision she's glad she made.

"The reconstruction gave me the confidence to know that I am still a woman and I can still look and feel the way that I want to," Sisk told the news source, "and so it was awesome to be able to have that option."

There are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors currently living in the US according to the American Cancer Society.
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