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Mother of Iranian breast cancer patient Farvah comforts her after what was meant to be a mastectomy surgery which was turned to a lumpectomy during the operation as the pathology results were good meaning she could keep her breast at a clinic in Tehran on October 14, 2013. According to Iranian cancer research, breast cancer is the most common form of the illness suffered by Iranian women with roughly more than 7000 new cases per year with widespread pollution in big cities being blamed for the soaring cancer statistics, while import of medicine is still difficult as Iran is affected by Western economic sanctions due to the country's controversial nuclear program. Farvah, a 30-years-old copywriter and editor from Tehran fought her breast cancer since she acknowledged the disease in July 2013 and went through cancer treatments of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a lumpectomy operation to overcome the cancer in December. Farvah wrote on her Facebook wall in October 2013: "Now that the issue of taking away is beyond me, I still think where exactly the self is. What will become of that empty spot that is shown when one is naked? That moment when you are alone with your body and you do not know what to do with the defect, the stitch that is now sitting in the place of curve that used to be part of your splendor. That unjustifiable moment that you know you are different from others but you want to be one of them. That post-surgery moment that you must throw away the bras, and the low-cut dresses. That moment when you see women and wish you too had two breasts." AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI == IRAN OUT == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Mother of Iranian breast cancer patient Farvah comforts her after what was meant to be a mastectomy surgery which was turned to a lumpectomy during the operation as the pathology results were good meaning she could keep her breast at a clinic in Tehran on October 14, 2013. According to Iranian cancer research, breast cancer is the most common form of the illness suffered by Iranian women with roughly more than 7000 new cases per year with widespread pollution in big cities being blamed for the soaring cancer statistics, while import of medicine is still difficult as Iran is affected by Western economic sanctions due to the country's controversial nuclear program. Farvah, a 30-years-old copywriter and editor from Tehran fought her breast cancer since she acknowledged the disease in July 2013 and went through cancer treatments of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a lumpectomy operation to overcome the cancer in December. Farvah wrote on her Facebook wall in October 2013: "Now that the issue of taking away is beyond me, I still think where exactly the self is. What will become of that empty spot that is shown when one is naked? That moment when you are alone with your body and you do not know what to do with the defect, the stitch that is now sitting in the place of curve that used to be part of your splendor. That unjustifiable moment that you know you are different from others but you want to be one of them. That post-surgery moment that you must throw away the bras, and the low-cut dresses. That moment when you see women and wish you too had two breasts."  AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI == IRAN OUT == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE ==        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)