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In 2010, New York enacted a law requiring hospitals to inform breast cancer patients of their reconstruction options. Then Ohio followed suit in January of 2014. We are making progress! Let's keep fighting to make this a requirement for all states!
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 26,989
Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site

A breast cancer diagnosis can present a woman with countless uncertainties. With all of the distress associated with a diagnosis, a woman deserves to know every option that's available to her.

When breast cancer is diagnosed, there are a few treatment methods available. She can have the lump removed (lumpectomy), or she can opt to have one or both breasts removed (mastectomy). An additional option — that many are unaware of — is to have both breasts reconstructed. If a woman undergoes a mastectomy, but isn't presented with the option to have her breasts reconstructed at the same time, she may have to endure another painful surgical experience.

Women should know exactly what's accessible to them upon diagnosis so they can make informed decisions about their own treatment. Many bills have been created to push this agenda on a national level, but so far none have been enacted.

Sign the petition today, calling for a law that would require doctors to inform breast cancer patients of all of their options before they undergo surgery.

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Dear President Obama:

I applaud you for making healthcare a priority for your administration. I'd like to draw your attention to an issue that has been cycling through different versions of the same bill for years; doctors aren't always informing their breast cancer patients of all the options available to them upon diagnosis. This needs to change.

Many women do not know that, in addition to lumpectomies and mastectomies, they also have the option to undergo breast reconstruction. Having the opportunity to opt for reconstruction removes much of the stress and time spent associated with undergoing each procedure separately. In this light, otherwise long and arduous surgeries could potentially be minimized greatly.

A woman with breast cancer should be given every opportunity to reduce the stresses and hardships associated with a cancer diagnosis, and doctors should be required to help her do so.

I am writing to ask that you push strongly to make this into law, so that every woman knows the options available to her.


Petition Signatures

Mar 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Mar 14, 2018 Casey Phillips
Mar 14, 2018 Tara Schuneman
Mar 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 7, 2018 Carrie Bolin
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 6, 2018 Stephanie Wood
Mar 5, 2018 Tara Spires
Mar 4, 2018 Lenise Chaffe
Mar 1, 2018 Amber Greenwood
Feb 24, 2018 Jessica Haag
Feb 22, 2018 Candice C
Feb 22, 2018 Kathleen Siskron
Feb 22, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 22, 2018 Joi Bryan
Feb 20, 2018 Gail Turner
Feb 13, 2018 Bonnie Steiger Very old petition. How long do these petitions sit on this site before they're sent on and are of some good?
Feb 12, 2018 Susan Fisher
Feb 7, 2018 (Name not displayed) I was very confused at the beginning....and now I am still not sure I made the right decision....
Feb 7, 2018 Amanda Bills
Feb 4, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Feb 3, 2018 Deborah Jayaseelan
Feb 3, 2018 Lyssa Twomey
Feb 3, 2018 Jennifer Schonberger
Feb 3, 2018 McKayla Murphy
Feb 3, 2018 Kimberley Clack
Feb 3, 2018 Carolyn Barker
Feb 3, 2018 Roger & Joyce harry Yes, indeed, women should be told of all the options to them.
Jan 31, 2018 Judith Mayhew
Jan 29, 2018 Angela Principato
Jan 25, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 25, 2018 Dawn Williams
Jan 24, 2018 Alysa Waring
Jan 24, 2018 Jill DeSocio
Jan 21, 2018 Jane Stacey-Merrill I insisted on oncotype and doctor was wrong about treatment. He asked me how I knew about that test. How dare he not tell me about that test. There are so many more options for treatment, but I was not given any. Today I no longer trust medical people.
Jan 21, 2018 Linda Gutke
Jan 17, 2018 cara frame
Jan 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 13, 2018 Gwen Pruitt
Jan 12, 2018 Debbie Drong
Jan 11, 2018 Tanja Stanfield
Jan 7, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Jan 7, 2018 thomas friedman
Jan 1, 2018 john pivirotto
Dec 22, 2017 Rebecca Breeding
Dec 22, 2017 Frances Keshka
Dec 21, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Dec 17, 2017 Pat B Had to look it all up myself, except for a cold book they gave me to read and sent me on my way. I felt very alone.
Dec 17, 2017 Sandi Muise

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