The Trend toward Boobless
More women with breast cancer are choosing to have their healthy breast surgically removed along with their affected breast, a new study has found. Almost 5 percent of patients decided to have the radical procedure in 2003, up from just under 2 percent in 1998.The women who choose this procedure are basically deciding to reduce their risk for recurrences of breast cancer to almost (but not quite) zero. For them, having boobs is not as important as not having to go through the misery of cancer treatment or the risk of dying from the disease.
I don't want to make light of the struggle with life-threatening cancer or the horrible side effects of cancer treatment, but I am intrigued by the sociological lesson that might be buried in this story. To that end, I wonder what portion of these women undergo breast reconstruction vs. remaining flat-chested. Is this just a result of improvements in fake boobs? Or maybe more women feel implants are safe now. Or maybe more women are just saying to hell with reconstruction and getting tattoos. Probably some of each.