Becky’s Story

In January 2006 she underwent a preventive double mastectomy due to her extensive family history of breast cancer. She had undertaken a genetic test 2 years previously after discovering that one of these relatives had developed the disease in her twenties. Becky has silicone implants. The shape was achieved by firstly inserting ‘expanders’. These are…

Helen’s Story

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2002 aged just 29. She has a family history of breast cancer and had undergone genetic testing when she was 21. It had been decided that as she was found to carry the faulty gene, she would have preventive breast surgery at age 30. As a…

Ann’s Story

In May 2005, the day before she was due her mammogram, Ann discovered a lump. Following the mammogram Ann underwent a needle biopsy and it was following this biopsy that her surgeon had to break it to her that the lump was indeed cancerous, and a mastectomy would be needed. The operation was booked for…

Veronica’s Story

In July 2004 she was diagnosed with grade 3 ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Initially she underwent a full clearance of her lymph nodes under the right armpit. Veronica then had a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, bringing the muscle round from the back. This operation was followed by a further operation to reduce scar effects and…

Margaret’s Story

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. Initially just the lump was removed… and following that operation it was decided that a further area should be removed. Eventually she was referred to Christie hospital. She was given a full mastectomy with immediate reconstruction at withington hospital. Margaret’s reconstruction was performed using the muscle from…

Kate’s Story

She developed breast cancer in may 2005. It was while having a bath that Kate first felt a lump. She describes the next two weeks as a feeling of inevitable doom . waiting for biopsy results. Luckily none of the lymph nodes had been affected, Kate had discovered it early whilst routinely checking herself. A…

Danielle’s Story

She underwent a bilateral double mastectomy under Joe Donaghue from the RVI in Newcastle. Danielle has vivid memories of her mother's treatment for the disease and recently watched her grandmother succumb to it. A breast scare herself prompted Danielle to undergo the genetic test and thus opt for surgery. Danielle says having the opportunity to…

Helen’s Story

Helen lives in Essex, and underwent a preventative double mastectomy at the Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester. She underwent a genetic test after her Mother, Sister and two cousins developed Breast Cancer in their forty’s. Helen had originally undergone Breast Augmentation in December 2002 after breast feeding four babies. Her original implants were placed under the…

Katie’s Story

After tragically losing her bubbly fun-loving sister to breast cancer at just 35 years of age, Katie herself underwent genetic testing for the breast cancer gene. Upon testing positive for the fault, Katie was advised to undergo bilateral mastectomy and also have her ovaries removed once she had completed her family. Katie has no regrets…

Alice’s Story

After losing family members to BC throughout her life Alice was told she is at high-risk of developing the disease. She decided on risk-reducing surgery and had bi-lat mx with immediate

Andrea’s Story

I am very grateful to my surgeon Mr Andrew Baildam for giving me the chance to be there a little while longer with my children.

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