Many women diagnosed with early breast cancer have a choice between lumpectomy or mastectomy for their surgery. While a lumpectomy removes the tumor and some surrounding tissue, a mastectomy removes the entire breast. Although the chance of cancer recurrence within the breast is higher with a lumpectomy, the overall chances of survival are the same for both procedures.
Charlotte Pittuck shares her story and gives an insight into how she made a difficult, yet as she describes ‘empowering’, decision. In this short film we are invited into her home and share every moment of her risk reducing double mastectomy and reconstruction. Whether you want to find out more about the implications of being tested for the BRCA2 gene, reconstructive surgery in general, or both, watch Charlotte’s honest, inspiring and brave account here.
Shelley Black is The Nipple Angel.
A professional tattoo artist from Victoria, Shelley specializes in 3D Nipple reconstruction tattoos for breast cancer survivors.