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Nipple sparing - breast cancer

Someone told me you can keep your own nipples and recycle them. Oh wow that's pretty cool I thought. So I asked the doctor 👨‍⚕️ can I please keep my nipples? He says no!! Cancer cells can hide we could put the nipples on and there could be some hidden cells to come back later. Ok I thought that will do me, no way. This may not be the same for everyone - remembering it's when the cancer is found. How far it's gone etc. Trusting your doctor is everything.
So what is nipple sparing ?
Nipple-sparing mastectomy keeps the nipple and areola intact along with the breast skin. There are many different incisions used to do this surgery. One incision is made under the fold of the breast. Other incisions begin near the areola and extend towards the outer portion of the breast. Vertical incisions from the breast fold to the nipple are also sometimes used.
In all cases, all visible breast tissue is removed. In the past this was called a subcutaneous mastectomy. No matter what incision is used, tissue beneath the nipple and areola are checked for cancer. If cancer is detected, the nipple is removed, converting the procedure to a skin-sparing mastectomy. 
With either surgery, breasts are then reconstructed with an implant or tissue taken from another area of the body.
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