According to the CDC, in 2007 nearly 204 thousand women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer.
And some of those women underwent a double mastectomy to help save their lives.
In Today's Health Minute, Ninette Sosa tells us about an common option for those women, that not all of them know about.
Elizabeth Anderson was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2009.She had both breasts removed the very next month.
"To look in that mirror and not see anything, it doesn't feel right."
Anderson - who was 46 when she was diagnosed - says it's time to get her "girls" back.
"My goal is to reconstruct myself. To be whole again, to be a whole woman again."
She traveled from her home in Florida to New Orleans for a new type of surgery she found out about on her own.
The surgeon will take fat from Anderson's hips and form it into breasts.A procedure that is particularly beneficial to women who have had radiation and don't qualify for implants.
"We can take excess fatty deposits from anywhere in the body and microsurgically transplant them into the area where the mastectomy has been done. "
"Wow! That's amazing"
What's really amazing is that Anderson got this surgery at all. Her cancer doctor never told her about it.
And that's actually pretty common. Out of every ten women who've had their breasts removed and qualify for reconstructive surgery, only 3 are fully informed of their options.
Anderson had to do her own research....in her quest...for breasts.
For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.
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