Alice Whiskin of Dartford, England is a 26-year-old with an unusual problem: her already enormous H-cup breasts grew to L-cup over the past twelve months. What is a young woman to do when huge boobs prevent her from…well, doing anything? Whiskin says she has trouble walking, carrying her 3-year-old child, or completing simple tasks around the house.
She said, “I have been given a lovely gift of having big boobs.”
She was being disingenuous: “I am so limited [in] what I can do and it is affecting my mental health. That has hopefully given me the greatest opportunity: to donate my breast tissue to cancer patients.”
Breast reduction surgery isn’t all that uncommon for big-bosomed women, but doing it in the name of silence is slightly less common. “I also wanted to help anyone I can,” she said. “It is going to benefit others who need it more. Boob’s are a woman’s identity.”
The National Health Service will perform the breast reduction, after which Whiskin plans to give the excised breast tissue to patients looking to reconstruct their breasts after breast cancer-related mastectomies. But that’s not what it will be used for, according to Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank and Komen Tissue Bank. Such donations are almost always used for research purposes.
Either way, Whiskin is happy to do her part.
She has a new lease on life since her boyfriend died during a cardiac event earlier in the year. Even though she’s scared about the upcoming surgery, it didn’t stop Whiskin from kickstarting a Facebook fundraising campaign to raise a few hundred dollars for Cancer Research UK. Her ultimate goal is to increase awareness about the dangers of breast cancer and the issues survivors face.
She said, “I want to give something to those suffering from cancer. The surgery is four hours and afterwards a month of not doing much.”
Symptoms of breast cancer include lumps or tissue changes in size or shape, dimpling of the skin, inverted nipple, peeling, flaking, redness, or pitting. This form of cancer begins with the abnormal growth of cells located in the breasts. Often the disease is hereditary.
Risk factors include old age, being female, history or breast cancer or breast-related ailments, family history of breast cancer, certain gene mutations (it’s possible to scan for them), exposure to radiation, obesity, never getting pregnant, hormone therapy, and excess alcohol consumption.