After a routine mammogram In 1999 I was diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). After 3 weeks of extensive research and soul searching, I chose to do a prophylactic mastectomy. I have never regretted the decision. I do not understand so many woman choosing lumpectomy, radiation, and/or tamoxifen, which leave a woman at risk, not only for breast cancer again, but so many side effects. I am so grateful that I was reminded at that time, that we are so much more than our physical body. Attachment to looking a certain way is very limiting and often causes tremendous suffering. Please, please, please consider this option.
Iowa City, IA