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The Incredible Way Breast Cancer Survivors Use Tattoos to Heal

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These tattoos give women a new lease on life

Throughout the month of October, you’ll notice a lot of people sporting pink ribbons, clothing, and accessories all to raise awareness about the big problem of breast cancer. It’s believed that 12% of women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer at some point during their lives. The non-profit organization Breastcancer.org estimated that about 253,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2017 alone. Men can also develop the ailment, though it is much more prevalent among women. Though new cases of breast cancer ― and deaths due to the disease ― have been decreasing over the past two decades, it’s likely that over 40,000 women will die from the illness this year.

In order to keep cancer cells from spreading in the body, many women have to undergo single or double mastectomies which leave them scarred and without breasts. Their bodies can be reminders of what they’ve been through even after they go into remission. Nowadays, women who lose their breasts are turning to tattoo artists to help them reclaim their bodies from the ravages of cancer.

woman covering breasts with arm

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