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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: 26,881
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

Aug 22, 2017 Melanie Spires
Aug 17, 2017 Choky Alvarez
Aug 17, 2017 JoAnn Dunn
Aug 9, 2017 Janice Goydich
Aug 7, 2017 AniMae Chi
Aug 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2017 chris dickinson
Aug 1, 2017 Linda Foley
Aug 1, 2017 Teresa Roscoe
Aug 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 27, 2017 sherrie knox
Jul 25, 2017 Laura Altman
Jul 25, 2017 josilda josilda
Jul 19, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 19, 2017 Susan Lindsey
Jul 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2017 Carolyn Whiting
Jul 6, 2017 Barbara Jack
Jul 6, 2017 tiffany dellaria
Jun 27, 2017 Kim Thornadtsson
Jun 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 24, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Jun 22, 2017 Yolanda Rivera
Jun 10, 2017 Roxanne McCullough
Jun 10, 2017 Anthony Charles
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 James Deschene
Jun 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 3, 2017 Judith Kelley
Jun 3, 2017 corine colt
May 25, 2017 DSarah McAlister
May 25, 2017 Cynthia Super
May 24, 2017 (Name not displayed) I was never given any choices when diagnosed. My doctors just shoved their opinion & treatment plan down my throat without ever an explanation for informed consent! I had to do all the research on my own, & then they didn't like it when I questioned them.
May 24, 2017 Lachesha Jackson
May 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Carla Jasinski
May 20, 2017 Shannon Carey The first plastic surgeon only gave me one option and it was very discouraging. The 2nd one I went to laid all my options out and discussed with me which would be best for me. Women in this position need to know all their options.
May 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 20, 2017 Dorothy Milligan
May 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2017 Suzanne Salerno
May 17, 2017 Mary Salerno
May 16, 2017 Upali Magedaragamage
May 13, 2017 Joyce Haskins
May 13, 2017 Lisa Briggs
May 13, 2017 Linda Leckliter

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