Breast Cancer Awareness Month
As most of us know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the leading killers among women across the globe. Many are still losing the battle, but fortunately, many others fight and survive thanks to new treatment advances, early detection through screening and increased awareness. So we all dress in pink, buy pink ribbon products and read inspiring stories. Some even buy new runners and walk/run to join the awareness movement worldwide.
For patients and their families, the battle against breast cancer is much more than a pink month in the calendar. We know that in the flesh. So we do what we do best as we join the movement to raise awareness: we write about it! To start the month of October, we share an artists’ legacy in helping breast cancer survivors and previvors. How? Nipples!
GENIUS! Three dimensional nipple tattoos for cancer survivors
Vinnie Myers is the king of 3D nipple tattoos. That’s right. Vinnie is a true artist -former army doctor – who has found an unlikely calling: creating realistic 3D nipple tattoos for breast cancer survivors or women who have gotten preventative mastectomies; previvors.
As advanced as doctors and medical professionals have gotten at reconstructing breasts to feel and look natural, there was still one area still lacking: the nipple. Now, tattoo art takes a huge step ahead for cancer survivors and patients with total mastectomy.
More than 5,000 women have traveled to Little Vinnie’s Tattoo Shop to have their nipple tattooed. He is busier than ever and there is a long waiting list, but they all say “it is worth it”. Having the look and feel of a proper breast after the emotional and psychological impacts of a mastectomy is a big step in the recovery process for women to feel whole again. This artist’s work looks so real, that you probably were wondering why we opened this blog with an image of a nipple, right?
We are impressed by people who dedicate their career to helping. Had you ever thought of a tattoo as something that can help survivors deal with such a life altering condition as is breast cancer?
This must be incredibly rewarding and we commend people like Vinnie Myers on their work!
Sometimes it really is the smallest details in life
that will make all the difference in the world.
We share because we care
The numbers are staggeringly high, but they are actually getting better, believe it or not.
Breast Cancer Statistics
According to Breastcancer.org, about 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer and an estimated 232,670 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2014 alone. The numbers are scary and if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, the likelihood of you developing breast cancer increases significantly. Still, 85% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
Preventative measures for breast cancer
Prevention and early detection are key factors in the fight against cancer. If you are at high risk of developing breast cancer, there are some things that you can do to prevent the onset from ever taking place. It is becoming increasingly more popular for women to undergo simple or total mastectomy, hoping to significantly reduce their chances of developing life threatening breast cancer. The simple or total prophylactic will remove the nipple, areola, and all of the breast tissue. Actress and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, is one of the many public figures who have spoken out about their personal fight to prevent breast cancer, despite her genetic history working against her. Just last year she talked about having a preventative double mastectomy and is now using her platform and her voice to help other women at risk feel strong, powerful and brave enough to take on this serious preventative step to fight breast cancer. It really takes brave women to make such a decision and it has heavy psychological and physical side effects. And so it is with all cancer battles. We care. We share. We support awareness and thank people around the globe who’s lives and careers are dedicated to find the cure.
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