SARASOTA - Throughout the next month, ABC 7 will be focusing on cancer awareness, from initial diagnosis to treatment options, to amazing stories of survival.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women. In fact, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with it at some point in their life.
Now, some are turning to a drastic measure to try and prevent that.
Would you risk having elective surgery to remove your healthy breasts to possibly decrease your risk of getting breast cancer down the road?
Women of all ages with a genetic predisposition for breast cancer now have options that may help them beat the odds, including breast cancer chemo-prevention, with drugs like Tamoxifin, or of choosing to undergo prophylactic bi lateral mastectomy to try to pre-empt the disease.
Debbie Zawinsky is an advocate for being pro-active, but says it’s a tough decision. "That’s what women have to weigh. Do you want to put yourself through that surgery?”
The other consideration of surgery is the pain, the recovery, and the effect that voluntarily removing your breasts may have on your self-esteem afterward. It's not easy to talk about, but it’s happening now in our community.