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On mastectomy

By Paul Broks   February 2003

“I’ve got a lump,” my wife says. “Feel.” I’m watching the Sunday afternoon match and still have an eye on the game as she directs my hand to the outer curve of her left breast. It is the 67th minute. There is a lump. “What does it feel like?” We are in the bedroom now. She has stripped to the waist. I palpate the breast as if I am expert at detecting cancerous growths. “What do you think?” she says. “There’s a bump,” I say. “It’s more of a bump than a lump.”

The GP is reassuring at first, but…

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