Singer Anastacia has done a photo shoot for Fault magazine where she proudly shows off her mastectomy scars. The 48 year old has bravely fought cancer twice and made the decision to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013.
The black and white images featured in Fault magazine show the singer naked and topless with the scars on her back clearly visible.
Speaking about the very personal photo shoot, Anastacia revealed it was the first time she was sharing her scars with the world.
“My scars are a part of me and I want to be the one to reveal them. If paparazzi photographed them, I’d feel like I was being shamed but being able to release them this way, I feel extremely empowered.”
The singer openly talked about her surgeries and how they have impacted her life. “When you have as many surgeries as I’ve had, you lose so many female sensations that you’ll never get back. Nipple sensation is something that cancer robbed from my anatomy and I’m used to it now but there is that little part of me that will always be lost.”
She went on to say that despite her loss she is so thankful for where she is today and the journey she’s been through.
“I resented how large they were but I also understood why I needed to go through all the physical changes. My scars are part of my journey and a reminder of all the things I went through with my mastectomy. At this point, I feel great to show them in a way that’s artistic.”
Anastacia encourages all young women to check their breasts regularly and see a doctor the minute they feel anything suspicious. Early detection can make a world of difference.
“If you’re a young woman in your mid twenties, then just get it done and you can have peace of mind until you’re thirty years old. In your thirties go every two or three years depending on your doctor’s advice and then after thirty-five, it’s safest to go each year. Find it early and you’re done and it’s so much easier. Cancer and death needn’t go hand in hand, if you catch it early you can live with it and seek treatment – it’s not spotting it early enough that’s scary.”
Photos: FAULT magazine