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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: 26,757
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

Jan 19, 2017 Judith Meusel
Jan 17, 2017 Debi Hertel
Jan 17, 2017 Shirley Reed I was lucky; my doctor told and showed me the options before I had my double mastectomy. It took me a year before I could look at myself naked in the mirror. Now after the reconstruction and flap surgery I can say I'm happy with how I look and feel.
Jan 16, 2017 Eleanor Davy Patients should always know their treatment options. Why is this not the case already?
Jan 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 14, 2017 John and Robbie Wertin
Jan 9, 2017 Jill LaVant
Jan 9, 2017 Lia Rodriguez
Jan 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 5, 2017 Aleasa Crary
Jan 4, 2017 HOWARD BLOCK
Jan 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 2, 2017 Mary Sherrill
Dec 28, 2016 Cecilia Tanaka
Dec 27, 2016 Tobi Zausner
Dec 27, 2016 Richard Anderson
Dec 25, 2016 frances Jankowski
Dec 24, 2016 Bobbi Liberton
Dec 24, 2016 Tootie Milburn
Dec 24, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 22, 2016 Joan DeMarree
Dec 22, 2016 Allan Booyjzsen Any Doctor worth his salt, should automatically inform his/her patients about what is available.
Dec 22, 2016 Stephanie Vorse
Dec 21, 2016 Nan Hawley
Dec 19, 2016 Bonnie Lee Josefson
Dec 12, 2016 Renee McKenzie
Dec 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 11, 2016 Andrea Gilbert
Dec 10, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Dec 9, 2016 Libby+Esther Berman
Dec 9, 2016 AJ Weiss
Dec 5, 2016 Jenny Walker
Dec 3, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2016 julian zrnic
Dec 2, 2016 K Zoll
Nov 24, 2016 Joanne Doherty
Nov 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2016 Paulina Jones
Nov 12, 2016 Laura White Wish I was given option..
Nov 12, 2016 Lois Petty
Nov 12, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Nov 8, 2016 Goldie Antelman
Nov 7, 2016 cathy shoemaker
Nov 5, 2016 Lisa Brooks We have a right to know all options before surgery.
Nov 4, 2016 natalie hughes
Nov 3, 2016 Patricia Vazquez
Nov 3, 2016 Erin Cromer
Nov 2, 2016 Susan Ellis
Nov 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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