Mastectomy on good boob

One year on after my mastectomy on my right boob, reduce and lift on left boob I’m now wishing I had the other one removed. 
I am worried sick I will get cancer In That boob

I hate having one Natural boob and one implant boob they feel so different I’d rather forget the feeling of how the natural one feels should I have a mastectomy on the natural boob? 

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Hi Saffyalice,

I am sorry you are going through this.  I had mastectomy on my right breast like you but I chose to not have reconstruction as I didn’t have clear margins so feel I need to reduce any tissues to prevent the cancer coming back. 

I am waiting for genetic testing and hoping it will result in the left breast being removed.  The left breast has already been tested and I worry there is cancer there already. I do feel I have a good case for it to be removed.

I am desperate to have equal breasts and feel that I have control over future cancer (as much aa that is possible), I have looked into going private if the surgery on the NHS is not an option.  I have started putting money aside each month to help finance it if needed.  I appreciate that a reconstruction will be more expensive.

A friend did suggest that I should speak to the GP about the psychological impact it is having and see if that would lead to the necessary surgery.  Currently I am still having treatment so I am not at that stage yet.  It is a lengthy process and counselling and psychological assessments would be involved and with Covid-19 it would probably be delayed as it isnt seen as essential and they are reluctant to remove a healthy breast.

Good luck and I do hope you get this sorted. I know it is emotionally hard as you can’t ignore your boobs and see your chest everyday!