For most women, choosing to have a double mastectomy isn’t a light decision. How could it be when the surgery involves removing both breasts? While it’s an aggressive measure, a double mastectomy is meant to treat or prevent cancer by removing tumors or (potentially) cancer prone tissue. And this can save a woman’s life.
But that doesn’t mean that the surgery doesn’t come without risk or consequence. It can be tough on a woman physically and emotionally, particularly in a world that associates female identity with having a bust.