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Date:12/3/2008

2007, and underwent surgery on Oct. 23. During the intervening weeks, her doctors told her the mass had already spread, although it was still localized.

"I feel I made the right decision," Love said. "If they had taken [the mass] out, they wouldn't have gotten it all."

Love gets a check-up every six months and will continue that until November 2009, when she will start annual check-ups.

"Women should just make sure they do the monthly exam themselves, and if you feel anything, even if you think it's nothing, let a doctor know," Love advised.

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Breastcancer.org has more on bilateral mastectomies.



SOURCES: SheKayla Love, Dallas, Texas; Claudine Isaacs, M.D., medical director, Cancer Assessment and Risk Evaluation Program, Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Washington, D.C.; Ricardo Meade, M.D., plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Baylor Medical Center, Dallas


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