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In May 2006, a spot was found on my right breast. I had a breast biopsy and stage 0 LCIS was found. On April 29, 2009 during a routine mammogram and ultrasound, a small spot was again found on the right breast on the left side of the nipple. I went through four ultrasounds and a MRI. I had a breast biopsy on May 14, 2009 and stage 1 LCIS was found. My Mom and older sister are breast cancer survivors. My younger sister is having a breast guided MRI because a small spot was found during a routine mammogram. I had three options: a lumpectomy with radiation, remove one breast with medicine or remove both breasts with reconstruction. I cannot tolerate the medicine and decided to have a bilaterial mastectomy with reconstruction. There is a 50% chance the cancer will return in the left breast. On June 18, 2009, I had a bilaterial mastectomy with reconstruction and lymph nodes removed under the right arm. I don't need chemo. I am in the third week of recovery, a star patient, and have a great attitude. Make sure you get mammograms every year-my life was saved.

Victoria Prestia
St Charles, IL

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