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Would you LIKE to see mastectomy photos on Facebook

by Peter on May 28, 2012

I’ve photographed over 50 breast cancer survivors and I have yet to hear one man or woman say that they would enjoy viewing mastectomy photographs on Facebook. After rereading the first sentence it sounds if I’m a bit angry and maybe even offended that mastectomy photos were shared on Facebook. But that’s not it. Here’s some context. A few days ago Joanne Jackson posted professional photos of her which included a frontal view of her mastectomy scar. Her intention was to help give inspiration to women with breast cancer. However, she received a notice from Facebook that a few of the photos were taken down due to violated standards concerning pornography and nudity.

Every breast cancer survivor knows how important it is to help other women with encouragement, motivation and most importantly hope. What’s so dastardly awful about battling cancer is that you can never leave it. Everyday you wake up you decide who you want to share your life with concerning positive relationships and experiences. If those relationships and experiences turn negative you can either change them or leave them. Cancer however doesn’t care and no matter how much you try you can’t leave it. It is a disease that must be faced. And the fact of the matter is … in the middle of that battle you need all the support and encouragement you can get.

So I’d like to hear from you below in the comments. How would you answer these questions and what are your thoughts on this matter?

  1. Do you think Joanne should have posted her photos on Facebook
  2. Do you think that Mastectomy photos are pornographic or nudity or neither

Click here to see the Mastectomy photo from Facebook


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