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She still wears same swimming costume
by Benita Aw Yeong

It was a tumour no larger than a few centimetres, which could have been removed with a simple surgery that would have left most of the breast intact.

Instead, Mrs Kua S.M., who is in her 50s, opted for a double mastectomy, which included her right unaffected breast.

This, despite persuasion from her doctor that a lumpectomy (also known as breast conserving surgery or wide excision) was a viable option. She also chose not to reconstruct her breasts.

A mastectomy is an operation that removes all or part of the breast.

"My mind was already made up by the time I went to see the breast surgeon to discuss my options. I told myself I had to live at least another 10 or 20 years for my husband and two boys.

"I didn't think I wanted to suffer (discovering a tumour) another time. In addition, my husband kept telling me that I'm not young any more, that I should get this (the tumour) out, and we should move on with our lives.

"He assured me that his love for me would not change," said the businesswoman, who is involved in managing a fashion and beauty business.

That she has a family history of breast cancer - her sister and mother had the disease - cemented Mrs Kua's decision to remove her breasts.

Negligible risk now

Senior consultant at the National Cancer Centre Dr Ong Kong Wee , who operated on Mrs Kua, puts her risk at developing breast cancer after the mastectomy at 1 to 2 per cent.

"It's almost negligible, now that she has had the operation," he added.

Resisting a breast reconstruction was part of her plan to avoid more pain, said Mrs Kua, who was keen to move on after the mastectomy.

Breast reconstruction surgeries involve using tissues from other parts of the body or prosthetic material to build a naturallooking breast.

Recovering from the double mastectomy was a quick and painless process, said Mrs Kua.

"The surgery lasted under two hours. My husband thought something had gone wrong because he got a call so quick," she said.

"There was some discomfort because the tubes had to be attached to the breasts for about a week to drain out the fluid. But other than that, there was no pain.

"I went home the day after the surgery and walked up and down my three-storey house," she said.

The bill for the mastectomy came up to about $33,000, all of which was covered by insurance she had bought earlier.

Life after the mastectomy has been pretty much the same as before.

"I still run 5km every day, and I still swim, using the same swimming costume I used to wear. Now, I just want to see the world and enjoy life," she said.

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readers' comments
So far I have not seen medical illnesses (cancers or virus) that need to penis to be chop off .... are U referring to the Balls removal operation instead??? :rolleyes:

Actually, even after balls removed also wont lower the man's sex drive one .... I remember that Tsai Lan (蔡阑 the inferior Singaporean who live and work in HK as Producer and Writer) also got his balls removed over some illness and still womanize alot of HK pretty actresses ... :p :D

So theoretically, balls removed wont lower esteem and sex drive, impotent probably make them more garang and no need to use domdom (no AIDS transmission since no "fluid exchange") ... :p :D

Posted by Small Fly on Wed, 22 May 2013 at 12:56 PM

Well say well say.

But the woman still need lot assurance from husband because for many womans, neneh is her womanness.

Just like for man, his manness is his penis and if he got short short one somemore is impotent, he will suffer low self esteem. If his cuckoo chop off, is low esteem become no esteem. hahaha.
Posted by konttiki on Wed, 22 May 2013 at 12:19 PM
I think when girls have to surgically remove that part, its not an issue to their bfs and hubby since their love for one another, relationship, and marriage are devoted to the personality of their spouse rather than just the 2 papayas/berries .... I guess even Ah Mai (the legendary Nehneh Monster) also wont mind his wife or gf had that part removed when got cancer .... :p :D
Posted by Small Fly on Wed, 22 May 2013 at 11:41 AM
4d is 3333
Posted by Sunday88 on Wed, 22 May 2013 at 11:32 AM
Though such ladies are commendable on their courage, are we going to cut everything way before its being developed into cancer? Are we going to remove our womb after its prime time just to be out of womb cancer?
Posted by mystrawberry on Wed, 22 May 2013 at 11:24 AM

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