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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: 26,859
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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


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
May 10, 2017 Patti Benson
May 9, 2017 (Name not displayed) Petition still says Dear President Obama!
May 4, 2017 Veronica Cox
Apr 29, 2017 Thao Vu
Apr 22, 2017 Win Quier I am a breast cancer patient. Fortunately I was given all my options before I went under the knife for the first time. All women should have the same opportunity.
Apr 19, 2017 Mary Sier
Apr 19, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Apr 17, 2017 Jasmine Vaught
Apr 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2017 sheena welch
Apr 15, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Laura Harris
Apr 11, 2017 Kathryn Ewart
Apr 10, 2017 Pam Hartje
Apr 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2017 Betty May
Mar 29, 2017 Jennifer Law
Mar 29, 2017 Lubna Saied
Mar 28, 2017 Tim Young
Mar 28, 2017 Lena Taylor
Mar 27, 2017 Avelina Pereira
Mar 26, 2017 Kyriaki P

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