“It’s A Man’s World” singer Anastacia has become the latest star to undergo a double mastectomy. The singer has been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in a decade and she shared the details of her procedure with fans on her Facebook page, just in time for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
“I wanted to share something with you in light of Breast Cancer Awareness month,” the 45-year old two-time survivor wrote on Facebook. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year and am currently in the final stages of recovery after undergoing a double mastectomy with Latissimus Dorsi flap surgical procedure.
“It has been an intense journey, but I am feeling great and ready to start the next chapter,” the 45-year-old continued. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives ALL who are facing this disease a chance to gain strength and support from each other. Early detection saved my life twice.”
“The little lady with the big voice” got started in the industry, but her bold personality and big sense of style has helped her become a leading star, with celebrity fans that include Elton John and Michael Jackson.
Anastacia’s first diagnosis came in 2003, when she went to a doctor for breast reduction surgery. A mammogram detected Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), in which the cancer cells are confined to the milk ducts of the breast.
Back then, Anastacia said that she saved her own life because she wanted to reduce the size of her breasts and praised early detection for catching the cancer in an early stage. Since then she has become an advocate for mammograms because a doctor’s exam or self-exam would not have found the cancer.
The treatment at the time of her first breast cancer incident was to have a lumpectomy, where the surgeon removed the cancerous cells and rearranged the breast tissue and probably some tissue from unaffected breast to make them symmetrical.
Her second breast cancer diagnosis in February 2013 forced Anastacia to cancel her European tour to promote her new album.
For her second bout with breast cancer, Anastacia opted for a more radical solution, and a breast reconstruction procedure that uses tissue from other parts of the body to recreate a breast mound.
Despite her severe illnesses throughout her life, including suffering from Crohn’s disease and having part of her intestine removed at age 13, Anastacia has remained positive and a vocal advocate for early detection and empowering women to take control of their own health.
Makemeheal.com offers a variety or aids and tools for women who have undergone mastectomy procedures. From swimsuits to pillows, products designed especially for women with mastectomy can help make the survivor more comfortable. There are also vitamins and treatments to help the healing process go faster.
As Breast Cancer Awareness draws to a close don’t forget to think pink and perform a self-examination.