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Becca Butcher posts about life with radically asymmetrical breasts. She’s helped thousands with the rare condition feel seen, but it’s also put her under enormous pressure.

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Florence Pugh slams critics of her see-through dress showing her breasts: ‘What. Is. So. Terrifying.’

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Emmy Rossum wore 3-pound fake breasts that gave her blisters in order to pull off her role in ‘Angelyne’

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Adidas’ sports bra ads featuring exposed breasts have been banned in the UK

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Porn star Dakota Skye, who received backlash for flashing breasts at George Floyd mural, found dead

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‘I’m Permanently Damaged.’ Woman Sues After She Says Doctors Unnecessarily Removed Her Breasts and Uterus

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This article originally appeared on Time.com.

Last year, Elisha Cooke-Moore made the hardest decision of her life: After doctors said genetic tests revealed that she was at risk for aggressive breast and ovarian cancers, she says she followed their recommendation and underwent surgery to remove both her breasts and her uterus.

Based on the genetic tests, the Gold Beach, Ore. resident says she had been told she had MLH1 and BRCA1 gene mutations, as well as Lynch syndrome, which together gave her a 50% chance of developing breast cancer and an up to 80% chance of developing uterine cancer. Based on those results, she went through with a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy.

After the surgeries, however, she was unhappy with the results of her mastectomy and reached out to a lawyer, who suggested that she see another doctor about breast reconstruction. After examining her case file, the new doctor informed Cooke-Moore that her genetic test results were actually negative, says Christopher Cauble, Cooke-Moore’s lawyer. She called the lab to confirm, and felt her world crash down when she learned that the doctor was right: The operations that had pushed her into early menopause, forced multiple follow-up surgeries, and left her with post-traumatic stress disorder were likely unnecessary.

“I’m permanently damaged,” she told TIME this week. “No amount of money will ever fix what they’ve done to me. Never.”

Last week, the 36-year-old filed a $ 1.8 million lawsuit in Curry County Circuit Court. The suit names Curry Medical Practice and Curry Medical Center, where the procedures were performed, as well as several health professionals who work there and were involved in Cooke-Moore’s treatment, including her October 2016 double mastectomy.

Curry Medical Network did not immediately respond to requests for comment on behalf of itself and its employees.

Cooke-Moore underwent genetic testing because both her mother and grandmother had cancer. Despite test results that she says clearly show no clinically significant mutations, doctors told her she carried an MLH1 gene mutation and had Lynch syndrome, both of which increase the odds of developing colorectal, uterine and ovarian cancers. (Lynch syndrome does not have a clear bearing on breast cancer, but the lawsuit alleges that members of Cooke-Moore’s care team told her it could raise her risk.) Cooke-Moore says she was also told she had mutations in the BRCA1 gene, which are linked to a higher-than-average risk of breast and ovarian cancer, though the lawsuit claims she did not.

Cauble says it’s still unclear how and why doctors misread the results. His guess, he says, is that doctors misinterpreted a line in the results, which said that there were “variants of uncertain significance” associated with the MLH1 gene. (Variants of uncertain significance is an often-used term in genetic testing that means it is not clear if the variations are or are not associated with cancer.) “The explanation to me is that everyone has some kind of gene mutation, but these gene mutations do not constitute a positive test,” he wrote in an email to TIME.

This kind of genetic testing has become far more common in recent years, though it’s still only recommended for people, like Cooke-Moore, with a strong family history of heritable cancer. Not all doctors recommend it, however, because it does come with the risk of false positives, which may cause people undue emotional stress or unnecessary procedures. Then there’s the risk of the results being misinterpreted altogether, as Cook-Moore says happened in her case.

Cooke-Moore says the pain — both physical and emotional — has been some of the worst of her life, and she wants those responsible to be held accountable. “I will not stand down,” she says.

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Jill Goodacre’s Cancer Was Undetected on a Mammogram. Here’s What Having Dense Breasts Means

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In the latest issue of People, Jill Goodacre, a former Victoria’s Secret model and the wife of recording artist and talk show host Harry Connick Jr., opened up about her breast cancer diagnosis five years ago this month. When a routine mammogram came back clear, she was sent for additional testing, Goodacre recalls: “They said, ‘Okay, looks good. Since you have dense breasts, just go across the hall for your sonogram.’” The ultrasound detected a suspicious spot; and after a biopsy, the 53-year-old mom of three learned she had stage 1 invasive ductal carcinoma. Today Goodacre is approaching five years in remission.

So what does it mean to have dense breasts—and can dense breasts raise your risk of cancer? Breast density is a measure of how much of the breast is made of fatty tissue, and how much is comprised of glands, ducts, and other non-fatty, fibrous tissue. Dense breasts contain less fatty tissue.

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While that sounds relatively straightforward, it can be tricky to determine if you have dense breasts. (You can't feel dense breast tissue.) Doctors can only tell on a mammogram. Fatty breast tissue appears dark, while denser tissue looks white.

Tumors also appear white on mammograms, which is why it's easier for cancer to go undetected if you have dense breasts. Having dense breasts is also thought to slightly increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, though experts haven’t yet figured out why exactly.

For those reasons, experts have historically recommended that women with dense breasts get additional screening after a mammogram, such as an ultrasound or MRI. Newer research suggests, however, that many women with dense breasts might not need those extra tests. According to the National Cancer Institute, other risk factors for breast cancer should be taken into consideration before sending a woman for additional screening.

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You can have dense breast tissue at any age, although breasts typically lose density as a woman gets older. Don’t worry too much if you have dense breasts–about half of women do! Just make sure you talk to your doctor about any family history of breast cancer, other risk factors, and the best method of screening for you. And be sure to become familiar with how your breasts normally feel so you can detect any changes that crop up.

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Goodacre needed two surgeries, radiation, and treatment with tamoxifen, a type of hormone therapy that reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence in some patients. “The doctors all say that after the five-year mark, things look optimistic,” she told People, “so we’re starting to feel pretty good.”

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11 Reasons Your Breasts and Nipples Are Itchy 

Crazy-intense breast and nipple itching is a lot more common than you'd think. From pregnancy to your period to your showering habits to more serious concerns like breast cancer, we've put together a list of the top health issues that leave you scratching your chest—plus how to end the itchiness.

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11 Celebrities on What They Think About Their Breasts

New mom Mila Kunis recently went on Conan and joked about her post-baby breasts: “Boy, did these things grow!” At the other end of the cup spectrum, Pamela Anderson reportedly quipped last year at an Italian film festival: “My boobs have had the career; I’m just tagging along.”

Smart ladies. After all, everyone else has an opinion on their upper bodies, so why shouldn’t the stars themselves get to weigh in?

Here, in no particular order, 11 celebrated women riff on their racks: from breastfeeding and implants to bra ambivalence and headlights, they go there.

On being bigger after baby

“I don’t know how to deal with them because I’ve never had them, and so I’ve always dressed for a flat-chested girl. And all of a sudden I’m busty and I’m like ‘Wow, check it out!’ This is amazing to me. It’s a whole new world.”
Mila Kunis, Conan, February 2015

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On getting implants

“I had no boobs! And it really was the best thing ever! I always felt ill-proportioned. My implants made me feel more confident in my body. It wasn’t about trying to be a porn star or wanting to look hot and sexy.”
—Kaley Cuoco, Redbook, February 2015

On false modesty

—Chrissy Teigen, Twitter, April 2015

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On post-breastfeeding deflation

“It turns out that pre-baby t-ts are, like, so much bigger than post-baby t-ts,” she said. “Sorry, babies.”
—Anna Pacquin, Late Night with Seth Meyers, July 2014

On refusing a breast reduction

“When I moved to America, I was more voluptuous, and I felt a little different. And one time, years ago, I remember my publicist [at the time] told me, ‘I think you should just reduce your boobs because nobody’s going to take you seriously here.’ My mother almost had a heart attack. She was like, ‘God is going to punish you! You can’t cut your boobs!’ I don’t regret not doing it, because now it’s become a big part of Gloria.”
Sofia Vergara, Health, December 2011

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On thinking outside the bra

“If I’m wearing a top, I don’t wear a bra. If I’m wearing a bra, I just wear a bra.”
—Rihanna, Vogue, February 2014

On not being matchy-matchy

“I went to the doctor today and got a chest X-ray of my lungs and discovered that my breasts are uneven! I was like standing there with these doctors and they’re like looking at my lungs and I just couldn’t—it felt like an elephant in the room—and I was like, ‘Are my breasts uneven?’ They were just stifled and uncomfortable, obviously.”
—Jennifer Lawrence, Jimmy Kimmel Live, January 2013

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On ditching implants

“Frankly, I’d like to be able to take a Zumba class without the fear that I’ll end up with two black eyes.”
—Melissa Gilbert, her blog, December 2014

On being photographed topless

“I’ve had my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons, whether it’s paparazzi photographers or for film posters. That [Interview shoot] was one of the ones where I said: ‘OK, I’m fine doing the topless shot so long as you don’t make them any bigger or retouch.’ Because it does feel important to say it really doesn’t matter what shape you are.”
Keira Knightley, The Times UK, November 2014

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On developing late

“I felt so out of place. I was miserable…So one time I took a road trip with my mom. We went to this church that was supposed to have this saint that did a lot of miracles…I put my hands in holy water—this is the recipe, girls out there—and I said, ‘Please God, give me some breasts!’ And he gave me them!”
—Salma Hayek, The Late Show with David Letterman, undated

On not judging a book by its bosom

—Dolly Parton, Twitter, August 2012

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