Tattoos offer a new beginning for breast cancer survivors

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Not every tattoo client at Iron Age Studios on the Delmar Loop wants trendy art, a Bible verse or a Japanese symbol. A growing number of clients are breast cancer survivors dealing with mastectomies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that tattoo artist Kerry Soraci typically works with three or four breast cancer survivors every month.

The American Cancer Society says more than one-third of women with early-stage breast cancer opt for a mastectomy, and the number of women who choose to have a healthy breast removed as a preventive measure has tripled in the past decade.

Soraci says the tattoos are a means of self-expression for women who have a new beginning once they are finished with cancer treatment.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,