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THEME MUSIC (Photographer gives instructions) Got it. Head up a little bit. (Continues talking) Radio DJ Becky Measures... Great. 24 years old, full of life, a potential death sentence. but living with some of the best years of my life I don't want to have to spend that I might get cancer. worrying about the fact come upon me at any time. It might, you know, have all developed the disease. 14 of her female relatives if she's next. Now a test will tell her It's bad news, I'm afraid. (Emotional) No, no. Is it a shock? she must make her hardest choice... Determined to stay alive, Tomorrow, I go into hospital and reconstruction. for a double mastectomy But I don't have breast cancer.

Tonight, from Granada International, confronting a young woman - the agonising decision to have her healthy breasts removed before cancer strikes. (Laughs) that I think, really, could kill me. My breasts are something And if I don't do this, to have the life then I'm not gonna be able that I foresee for myself. 107.4 in Newbolt. MALE RADIO DJ: 102FM in Baslow, it's 7:25... Good morning, this is Peak FM, and the most important day A winter morning, of Becky Measures' life is underway. isn't it, my darling? Today is a very big for our Becky, As some people are aware... It is, yes. whether she has the disease In a few hours, she'll learn for generations. that's blighted her family breast cancer in our family, And we do actually have hereditary entitled to a genetic test and because of that I have been the breast cancer gene or not. which is to see if I carry I get my results from that. And today is the day

then what? What happens if it's positive, then I've got an 80% to 95% chance If I have got the gene, of getting breast cancer. to most women, Such odds would come as a shock but not for Becky. relatives suffer from the disease. She's grown up seeing many of her Her grandmother died from it. And, to stop from following suit,

removed before her cancer developed. her mother opted to have her breasts that I have got the gene. My gut instinct would be

that I haven't got it. I've never even thought just something that's, you know, I'm not really sure why, it's always been, you know, there really, if I didn't have it, and I think I'd be more shocked to be honest. While always aware of the threat, before she'd have to confront it. Becky assumed it would be years was diagnosed with the disease. But then her cousin Helen She was just 29. Ay up, me duck. How are you? genetic test in her early 20s, Despite having a positive before considering surgery. Helen had decided she'd wait earlier than anyone predicted. But then cancer struck but her experience of the illness Helen's now recovered, made a huge impact on Becky. I know I couldn't do that - and my cousin go through all that. seeing one of my best friends fantastic person. She is a totally brave, bubbly, And to see her get down sometimes, like she has. I've thought I couldn't do it to go through cancer. I'm not brave enough of it... If any, you know, good comes found it really upsetting WENDY: I think Becky and all of us she'd left it too late that Helen, even at 29, to prevent cancer. to all of us And it really has hit home through the years that this is just creeping down you know, and, you know, we can't be sure, you might be at risk now. at what age go through the illness, After seeing Helen her own genetic test forward. Becky decided to bring she made an appointment And so, in 2004, at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester. Hi. Hi, Becky.

could change her life forever. The test is short, but the results she'll have an 85% chance If positive, it means which could strike at any time. of getting breast cancer, Take a seat. Hello, there. Hi, come on in, Becky. Hi, Wendy. Come on in. Hi, Gareth. is Professor Gareth Evans. Her consultant He knows that she wants the test, fully understands the implications. but he must make sure that she moment, that level of certainty It's whether you want, at the

the gene fault or not. about whether you carry that's going to make a difference And in terms of the future, whether in terms of whether you plan to have your family earlier, whether you maybe opt for preventative options at an earlier stage. Have you thought that through? Yeah, we've thought about the preventative surgery... ..earlier on, most definitely. I mean, obviously I want to be able to have a look at it, you know, go in there and talk to surgeons and things like that when I do find out. I think think I'll know more what to do when I actually find out if I've got it or not. I think that's your big decision maker more than anything, isn't it - to know when you're going to have it done. I think the preventative surgery is definitely probably what I'll do, but it's when. So that's breast preventative surgery. And obviously we're keen to try at least to develop other means of preventing breast cancer, but at the end of the day the most effective means is surgery, and... ..for a proportion of women, they feel that's the right decision. So are there any other questions at all? You definitely want to go ahead today? Yes, definitely. OK. That's right, just breathe in and out. Deep breaths. I'm alright, me arm's just gone a but numb. Most breast cancer is not hereditary. But about 5% of cases are caused by inheriting a faulty gene. The test to find this fault has only been developed in the last 10 years. And it will compare Becky's DNA

to that of a relative known to have the fault. Because Becky's mum has the faulty gene, her chances of inheriting it are exactly 50/50. It's a bit like reading 'War and Peace' and 'Lord of the Rings' and trying to find the spelling mistake, the one spelling mistake, which might be one letter wrong in the entire book. So the test is to look at that segment of the gene with the spelling mistake, and it's a yes/no answer. The genetic fault in Becky's family has travelled down the generations, claiming the lives of at least 14 female relatives. WENDY: The original breast cancers I've managed to find in our family

goes back eight generations ago. I have a death certificate of my great, great, great, great, great grandmother. She died from breast cancer, and she was in her 70s. And in fact, as it's gone through the generations it's got considerably younger all the time. Armed with these findings, Wendy convinced doctors that her family suffered from hereditary breast cancer. She also persuaded them to take drastic action. To stop her becoming the latest family victim, she became one of the first women to undergo preventative breast removal. If I hadn't been the kind of character that I was, that was certainly not going to just sit around and wait for it to happen like the rest of the family, I could probably be in that cemetery now. That's quite likely, because my mum died in her 40s, early 40s. I'm now 51. I do have the faulty gene, and so far up to now I've managed to escape the effects of it by the operation I've had. It is now six weeks since Becky had the gene test. throughout that time, She's kept a positive outlook but today she's nervous. The results are ready. OK, OK, it's bad news, I'm afraid.

Right. You do have it. Ooh. It's not a shock, is it? ooh, I don't know. No, not really, but I just, No... Is it a shock? Are you alright? I'm laughing at the same time! I don't know if it's just... I mean, it's not a shock at all,

It is for mum.

a guessing game towards the end. I think it's just - it was such I know, I know. The... But I knew I knew, I knew ages ago. but then I'm not sure. It's like a relief (Laughs) I don't know why. Oh, dear...I'm OK now. if you're thinking about surgery Obviously the next step for you, which is part of our protocol is a psychological assessment, you know, you're really prepared to make sure that you're really,

for all of the impact of it. about the options, Obviously you know you've had years to think about it. I mean, this is it, you see. and everything like that, I know all the things gone from my mind for a minute. just for a split second it's all No, it would do, it would do. everything and it's just going to be Yeah, you know, obviously I know and thinking about it now. sort of sitting down What's the next step, isn't it? Right. Mmm. No, I know. But no need to make decisions today. I know that you'll look after me. (Laughs) Of course we will. I know you will. That's fine. So...right. it was just the initial... I'm fine, Mum, It's more nerve-wracking, this, than ever for myself. by thousands of percent Mmm. sometimes you naturally feel And sometimes, you know, a little bit of guilt. Of course there's no logic to that, and it's not your fault. that you carried anything, You didn't know we all carry faulty genes. We all pass down our little load of faulty genes to our kids, are more important than others. and it's just that some of them inherited the BRCA1 gene off my mum. It means that I've actually chance of getting breast cancer now. And it means I've got an 80% to 90% preventative surgery is there Obviously I know that the and that's an option that I can take

working on things all the time. and I know that they are always So there's still hope there now. is the only option, But if the preventative surgery really going to have to think about then that looks like something I'm and, you know, sort of get involved, have a look at. that's had the gene Every woman in our family had the preventative surgery. has had breast cancer unless they I feel that the preventative line for me to do. is totally the right thing I'm young, I'm 24. out of my life This is going to be one year however many years. to probably add on tens of years. You know, we could be talking So, you know, what is the choice? with surgery, But before she can go ahead psychologists need to be sure that every aspect. she has fully thought through a psychological assessment. She must go through that the longer I leave it, I feel, myself, to get worried about it the more I'm going and the more I will, you know, my first check, whenever I have to have nervous about it. I know that I'm going to be the more nervous I'm going to be. And the more that goes on,

So... So that you can avoid... Yeah, exactly. young within our program, perhaps, But just because you're young - and have you thought about to be going through this - in the longer term? how you might feel For example, if you wanted to have babies in the future, and those sorts of things. you wouldn't be able to breast feed come into mind at all? Have those kinds of thoughts feeding thing did occur to me. The breast feeding, the breast "Well, I'll never, It has made me think, "you know, be able to do that." I will never be able to do. That's something, as a mother, But a lot of ladies can't do that. to be able to do something So to put my life at risk doesn't really make sense. I might not be able to do, to me, is that you've thought about it. OK. Well, the important thing It did cross my mind, yeah. Oh, yeah, it did occur to me. T-shirt for me. Yeah. But, yeah, he got a only had the support of her family, In reaching her decision, Becky's not Carl. but also of her long-term boyfriend,

on the Thursday, while I'm here. I'm coming over to the hospital Yep. Are you gonna be there? Excellent. Are you gonna take some time off work? Yeah. He's been an absolute rock. a huge support. He is an absolute rock, thing in the family He's known about the breast cancer since I first met him. It's never been a non-public thing. that's, you know, It's always been something been talked about all the time. He's a fantastic guy, really. on the Wednesday. I'm going into hospital to be in for, anyway? Yeah, well, how long are you going before she had the result, anyway. She had it in her head, really, She knew that it was the only way. there might be a miracle cure." We always mentioned, say, "Maybe in everyday life. But that never happens

it's always been the first thing. But now it's - she's definitely, she'll look at them. She said if there's options, But this is the most secure way of knowing that she's not going to get it. she could still get it, There is a small chance everyday women, so. but that's less than normal, till it's finished. I'll worry about her anyway, 'cause I love her to bits. And, well, you worry about her Carl does genuinely think, your real breasts than 6ft under." "I'd rather have you here without and spoken to him loads about it, You know, and I have sat him down you know, as long as I'm alright, and he does genuinely think, he's alright. is all about, isn't it? But that's what loving someone

isn't it? CARL: It's time to grow up a bit, You can only be young for so long, then you have to grow up a bit. I admit, I'm the biggest kid about, but when it comes to things like this, I don't go out with her for her boobs, I go out with her for who she is. Men are not as bothered about boobs as you might think they are. A lot of women do worry about that. Of course you're gonna get the odd bloke out there that's like, "Boobs, boobs, boobs!" What are they - do you know what I mean? What does that matter? If you've got somebody that loves you and wants to be with you, it won't, it doesn't matter. NURSE: Some women will say, "No, I want the operation "I would have if I had breast cancer," which is take everything - nipples, skin, the lot. A double mastectomy would bring a radical alteration to her body shape. And Becky's naturally concerned about how she'll look in the future. Unlike her mum, she's opted for breast reconstruction immediately after the operation. Are you ready to have a look? Yes. I'm ready. Ready as we'll be. That's roughly how you look. Right, OK. Did they take the nipple off this lady as well? No, these are with preserved nipples. Breast nurse Lesley Thomson

shows her the various reconstructive techniques that are available.

How brilliant. They're her own nipples. There's no scarring, is there, really, around there? Yeah, the areola hides scarring really, really well. How excellent. How long's that photograph been taken after the operation, would you say? Oh, a fair while after the operation.

This is at around six months after the initial surgery. Oh, that's good. I mean, will they, you know, sort of... I know, I'm aware I'll lose sensitivity in the nipple, but I mean, like, if I was to feel here, will I feel it? It'll feel like you. But, basically, they're not very sexually active breasts. Right. Will he be able to make me a little bit bigger if I ask for it? Yes. Excellent. He will. That's good. I mean, he will not be able to make you a 40DD. I don't want it, that's fine. But he will be able to give you an added cup size. BECKY: I felt that that was a really, really good appointment.

It was the first time I've actually seen, you know, what it could look like and it's helped me now that Carl's seen it. 'Cause you'd never seen anything before, had you? No, no, it's the first time, isn't it? And you' said it was good, so it was like, "Yay! It's alright." We hope so, anyway, don't we?

Fingers crossed. Fingers crossed. But at least it's good to know what they can achieve. OK, just want to comb the hair again, just to make sure - that's it, just in your eyes. That's fine. Are you happy? That's it. Just a little bit forward. That's fine. That's fine. Excellent. There.

For the last three years, Becky's helped to organise an annual cancer charity calendar.

Just lean back a little bit there. BECKY: I do think people sometimes think that because I'm having this operation,

I mustn't not care about what I look like. And that isn't true at all. I care a lot about what I look like. But I'm a realist at the same time and I understand that, well, I'm not gonna look nice when I'm 6ft under, am I? Clear. Back a little bit. There. It's an outlook that she's inherited from her mother. Fantastic. One more. To me, my breasts weren't pleasurable at all. They were, they were my death sentence, really. That's the way I looked at them, at that stage. There was no pleasure there at all. And I was glad to see the back side of them, really. Pose to me. Smiley one. My mum's attitude has rubbed off on me immensely. You don't realise it, but it will have done. I mean, Mum has had a double mastectomy with no reconstruction or anything. And men still find her attractive, you know. Hey, all, all there. ALL: Hello. Are you alright? Mum Wendy and cousin Helen have also modelled for the calendar, despite both undergoing mastectomies. All three women have had to face up to losing their breasts

at different times in their lives. HELEN: It makes us appreciate each other. We're all in the same boat, we're all going through different stages of it. So we can all talk to each other and keep each other's spirits up. Right then, me dearies, anybody for a calendar? Oh, you are stunning. BECKY: I think, in some respects - the same with my cousin and my mum and everybody else - it can make you who you are, to a degree.

It can make you that bit stronger.

You're being very clever. I know. I'm examining them before my mother sees me. WENDY: In my mind, Becky has got very many more plus things about her than she has negative. Now, OK, she could be a different child without this genetic fault. But maybe she wouldn't have all the lovely characteristics that she has got.

I mean, she's, you know, despite the fact that she's got to have this done, she's a tall, beautiful, funny, personable character. And, you know, people do like her. So...I mean, maybe, what do you trade for what, you know? It's now a year since Becky discovered that she carries the breast cancer gene. Having made the decision to have both her breasts removed, she's finally ready to talk to surgeon in Manchester who will perform the operation. It's not a cosmetic operation.

There is a very important cosmetic aspect to it. A cosmetic operation is one where you've got part of you that you don't like, and you have it altered. But it's healthy. Here we've got something that we're actually taking away. And then we're trying to replace it with something else that isn't breast tissue and trying to get it so that you can wear your bikini and whatever you want to do. Becky's desperate to look as good as possible after the operation and to retain whatever she can of her old breasts. Are you sure about what you want to do about your nipples yet?

I...I, personally, would like to keep them. OK. I would. It's something that I've thought about and I would like to keep them, if possible. Maybe if they get rejected or whatever, then... I have seen some nipples that have been reconstructed, and I did think they were very, very good, actually. They were. OK. I want to see you again. I can pencil a date in for you for surgery. OK. The date for the operation is set. Thanks ever such a lot. Take care. Despite her worries, she's sure the decision's the right one. If I've got a choice,

there is no way that I'm gonna wait until I've got breast cancer. I think that would be incredibly selfish of me. I really do because I've got this option, an option 1 out of 10 women haven't got, you know? And if I let myself get breast cancer it would be selfish of me to have to turn around then to my friends and family and say, "I've got breast cancer. "I could have done something about it but I didn't." Today is Becky's birthday. To try and take her mind off the impending operation, her friends are throwing her a pampering party.

That looks gorgeous. Oh, it looks beautiful. (Laughs) It's really her last birthday before everything changes. She's never going to be the same Becky again and we to make it so special for her because she's a special person and she's going through so much at the moment, she just needs, she needs something to take her mind off it. To go out and enjoy yourself and just completely forget everything she's doing. Yay! (All laugh) How fantastic. I support whatever decision Becky would make.

All her friends would. She's explained everything to us really well,

so we're clear about everything. I just think she's really brave. Whatever decision she'd have made it would have been a brave decision to make. She had to make one. She'd have to live with the consequences without the operation. Yeah, and that would have been just as brave really. To have to go down that road.

So, yes, definitely support her, 100%, don't we? (Girls sing) # And bad times # I'll be on your side forever more # That's what friends are for. #

With the operation now just weeks away thoughts turn to life beyond surgery. For a while at least, Becky simply won't be able to wear her normal clothes. So it's time to stock up on some new ones. So I think this is going to be too low at the back. It's not what I'm worried about because I don't want to change. I don't want to hide away under baggy clothes. I don't want to dress totally differently from what I would before because that's not me. I want to be able to come out of hospital and still be me. I want to try and get back to normal as soon as I possibly can. This is lovely. It really is. (Gasps) Ooh, that's nice. Look at the back. Look at the front. I'm gonna look great now. You could put a brooch on there. That's not the problem, it's the back, 'cause it's really low at the back. It's flattering, that's what I like about it. Next. (Giggles) Moving on. A week before she's due for her surgery

and Becky's back on the airwaves. It's time to say goodbye to her listeners for a while. Good morning, if you're just tuning in to 'Sean and Becky at Breakfast', on Becky's last show for a couple of months.

How are you feeling? Feeling alright actually. 'Cause this time next week, really, is kind of halfway through being all over. Got some messages for you. Oh, lovely. "Dear Becky, I will be thinking of you on the 26th, "that is also the day I have my last chemo for breast cancer. "We are fighting the same thing in different ways, "so you are incredibly brave, good luck." So are you, Debbie,

and I hope everything goes really, really well for you, Debs, honestly. Thank you very much. And thanks everybody that's just showing an interest, it's really nice. The support I've had has made what I'm doing so much easier.

It's like having hundreds and hundreds of friends around me, even though there's people out there that I don't actually know,

they're willing to write in and support me and it just means loads. Right, so today's 'Kick Start Your Day' song? I'm gonna have difficulties announcing this, I think,

without having a tear in my eye. It's a song that I heard and I just thought, my friends and everybody have been so supportive, as well as you and Naz. And it just reminds me of all my friends and everything and I'm gonna introduce it before I cry. It's Dionne Warwick 'That's What Friends Are For'. Becky, you made it. Yeah. Bye-bye. Oh, God.

Thank you so much, everybody. Means a lot. INTRO TO 'THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR' PLAYS There's now just 24 hours to go. The hospital bed's ready and it's time to pack. It's a little bear. Yeah, but there's a point. Oh. He has his little dressing gown. Oh. (Laughs) It's got a pink dressing gown like me. (Laughs) Oh, thank you, Mummy.

I said to my mum, "Look, I am getting scared." And mum said, "You know, you're entitled to get scared, "you're still a baby. "It's quite alright for you to be scared about it. "You know, it's major surgery." And she did say, "I've got understand that I'm having these moments." SEAN ON RADIO: It's Wednesday morning, it's 25 January, 2006, and it's the day before Becky Measures has her operation, the double mastectomy. She actually goes into hospital today. Well, various viewers to the show have helped to put this together. Becky Measures, we love you. 'THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE' BY GREEN DAY CALLER: I want to wish Becky all the best and we think she's very brave. CALLER: I've just got to say, how fantastic is she? She's just amazing, isn't she? Yeah, she really is an amazing lady. She's going through what all women in this country she be down for, she's brill. CALLER: Cheers, Becky, all the best wishes from everybody... CALLER: I hope she gets well and recover soon, hey. We're all thinking about her, mate. Just hold the door. I'm starving. The trip to the hospital brings back vivid memories for Becky's mum Wendy. Er, Rebecca Measures. It's 12 years since she had her operation. WENDY: I'm just absolutely going to hate it. I cannot imagine how I'm going to feel at that time. I cannot imagine it.

I'm not sure what to do now. What do we do know? I'm not really quite sure. I suppose you have to get undressed. It's a bit real now, isn't it? It's in the room. My mum probably will be upset that I've had to go to have this done, but in another respect she knows more than anybody why it's being done. More than anybody she knows that. She's upset because in her eyes her little girl is having major surgery, something that she's chosen to do all on her own. It was very strange walking in and seeing people in blue, and seeing that lady on the bed as well and I thought, "That's gonna be me tomorrow." That's a bit odd. I'm just hoping I'm gonna sleep through everything and then just not know. Yeah, you will. I feel a bit sick now. I feel very sick actually. (Laughs) They're odd but I'm glad I've got all my teddies. I act such a girl. Hello. Hello. How are you? Alright actually, thank you. A bit nervous now. Hi, how are you?

For the last time before he operates, surgeon Andrew Baildam pays Becky a visit. He's concerned that she doesn't get her hopes too high about the appearance of her reconstructed breasts. But I always say to people, don't expect anything tomorrow after the operation. Don't expect to look down and say, "Cor, isn't he clever?" That's not the purpose of all of this. And if you expect nothing, expect to feel awful, expect to look down and think, "What on earth's gone on?" Yeah. Then if you do see what you think's a nice neat cleavage and a bit of shape then... Then that's a bonus, isn't it? So much the better. I think it's extraordinary how well she's dealt with it. She's got a tremendous maturity.

To lose your breasts in your early 20s

is obviously a huge hit, not just physically but psychologically and she seems to have accepted it all very stoically and very courageously. When will I have my first injection of saline, sorry? About five weeks afterwards. Five weeks. But we'll put some in tomorrow. Oh, yeah. We'll put in maybe 200cc. One of the questions I would always be asked early on is, "How can you justify doing this for women who have healthy breasts?" And the answer to that is, "Well, firstly, I don't do it for women who have healthy breasts. "I do it for women who's breasts, in their own words sometimes, "constitute a bit of a time bomb."

I just wish it could just get done and get on with it, 'cause it's more... But this time tomorrow you'll feel fine. You'll have your new boobs and it will all be over. It's done and then it's all about making the new boobs.

By this time tomorrow it's gone. It's over.

No more problem. Yes! And the nasty stuff's done. All the nasty stuff's over and done with. Yeah. OK. That's the main thing, isn't it? Yep. SEAN ON RADIO: Today is January 26.

It's the day that Becky Measures has been thinking about for the past six months.

Becky is now in a hospital in Manchester and she is awaiting her operation later on today. So, of course, we all wish her well. Thank you so much again for your well wishes...

Finally after two years of agonising the time's come for Becky to have her breasts removed. I'm going down now. I'm not going to talk to you much, 'cause I'll cry. OK, then. OK. See you in a bit.

See you later. OK? (Sighs) Yes. CARL: If you could do something about it, you would do, but...

..there's nothing you can do, that's, that's the way it goes. You could say, if you could stand in her place, but it could never happen.

So, you just support her as much as possible. I've spoken about this for so long, and even though I'm nervous, even though a little bit inside of me is scared, I know it's the right thing to do, and I'm ready for it. I'm really ready for it. I'm out of talking now, no, I'm just totally ready for the next step. Um, right, can you just undo your bows at the back?

It's strange being looked at and marked up, but it's very important. OK, looks like you had some artwork... BECKY: I'm worried about the pain, I'm worried about coming around,

I'm worried about looking at it for the first time. I think I'm going to want to have a look, but then, in the next breath, be a bit scared to. I'm gonna want to know that everything's gone alright, 'cause there is the risk that it might get infected, or it might go wrong, there's the risk of the nipples dying, and, you know, that type of thing. So, I'm just gonna want to know everything's gone OK. I want to cry now, and I don't know why. (Laughs) I just want it to be done now, that's it. Yeah. Won't be long, now. Yeah. Becky's surgery gets underway. The surgeon will try to remove as much of Becky's breast tissue as possible, while attempting to save the breast skin and nipples. Now, the big danger of this is that if you leave a little bit too much breast tissue in, you can always take that out before you finish the operation. But if you take too much tissue under the skin, you can never put that back.

And you've then got a problem as to whether it's going to live,

whether it's going to heal. The team will also attempt to reconstruct the breasts, using tissue expanders. Clamp that there... The delicate procedure then involves sewing the skin and nipples back together. At the moment, that nipple is looking fine - although I've taken away two of those blood supplies already. The important thing here is not to undercut it, otherwise that will cause trouble.

I think we're about halfway through now, I think, and, er... so far, all going well, so. That's good. Two hours in, the medical team have now removed Becky's breast tissue. They must now start the reconstruction. This is basically a very expensive breast-shaped balloon. And you can see the two chambers there, and if you look at it sideways, you can see that we can expand the upper one separately from the lower one. So, that is absolutely perfect for Becky's chest size and shape. OK, let's put that expander in on the right, please. It's only in the last 15 years that women have been offered a double mastectomy to prevent cancer,

and it's still a rare choice. You see the breasts are actually now taking shape. Um, we'll expand these up over six to eight months, and then we'll take these expanders out, and we'll put permanent, anatomically shaped gel-filled implants in, and I think... ..she'll be able to get undressed in a changing room and hopefully look normal.

OK, we've got 200 in the lower chamber on the left, as well, now. By 1pm, the operation's over.

The surgeon's confident it's been a success. That's gone extremely well, it's taken...about three hours, which is what we expected. You can see that we've already got a nice shape there on both of the breasts, which we will then expand up. The nipples, I'm sure, are going to be absolutely fine - there's a good blood-flow there, and, uh, there's no worries that we have about that. So, she's behaved very well indeed, actually. Good. The team at Wythernshawe hospital have performed more than 160 similar operations on women with the faulty gene, and so far not one has developed breast cancer. As a result of the operation, Becky has reduced her risk of getting the disease from 85% to 7%. Better than I was expecting... (Laughs) Becky? (Mumbles) You're doing great. It's all gone really well. It's over, yeah, it's done.

It's brilliant. Well, it's relief, relief. Huge relief. Wonderful. Within several hours, Becky regains consciousness. And, unable to resist the temptation, she's seen her new breasts for the first time.

Hello. And here's the man himself.

So, how's it feel? Are you alright?

obviously, 'cause it's, it's like, It hurts very slightly, just feels like I've pulled a muscle. earlier - But I had a look, by accident, (Whispers) I love it. Oh, I have. So, you peeped? Can't stop it. (Laughs) Can I see? You don't have to look. (Laughter) No, I like it. That's fine. of getting an infection. I'm terrified now No. Oh, we're not planning on that. 'Cause I like them so much. They're bloody superb. They're fine. Good. Have you felt them? (Laughs) I should do or not. No, 'cause I didn't know if OK. Let me take your hand. slightly across, Just move your elbow around your breast there, and just put your fingers and then you can feel the shape. Will that do? (Whispers) They feel good. but they feel good. They're rock hard,

They're marvellous. LAUGHTER with your other hand. Try the other one hurts so much more, Do you know, this side my arm around. I don't feel I could get MACHINE BEEPS (Whispers) It's weird. They feel great. You're all geniuses, all of you. I really, really do. I think you're fabulous, it's superb. You know, I can't thank you enough, I could cry now, I'm happy. Ooh, I like them. CARL: I like them. I really do. I just, feel so privileged, and they do hurt, To feel them, they're a bit numb, but, no, they're mine. They're my skin, my nipples, in them to enhance them. they've just got something else

because these ones aren't bad. But they're better than they were, not going to hurt me. These are good ones, and they're is shared by Carl. Becky's relief that all has gone well he would react after the operation. Both had been secretly worried about

for her, showing them to me, CARL: I know that was a thing

my reactions would be. she were worried what

I didn't know what to expect. I was a bit worried meself about it, turning out fantastic, But the end result has ended up

better than anybody expected. she's over the moon, So, yeah, I know showing them to everybody. 'cause she won't stop So...yeah, it's been brilliant. Hello, Judith. Hello!

Oh, thank God. We brought you loads of chocolate. Oh, my God, yes. And some pressies! Look at the balloons and things! Flowers? to see my boobs, I'm sorry. You're going to have I'll have to show you. Hey, beautiful. I feel really good. and I was laughing and smiling, I think I came around from the op 'cause I was that happy to wake up, I was like, "Oh my god! and I saw these for the first time, from?" "Oh bejesus, where've they come (All laugh) And I will in two seconds. but you can...are you ready? There's a bit of blood and stuff, Are you sure? ALL: Yes.

No. (Laughs) Go on. They don't look any different! Oh, wow! Oh, my god! Oh, they're brilliant! They're huge. Oh, my god! They're unbelievable. They're amazing! (Friends clamour) They're absolutely amazing, Becky! looked down and saw these puppies. Can you imagine when I woke up and They've got to grow yet. They look brilliant. (All talk at once) to make the most of everything, I just hope that from this, I learn and I think I will. I think I've already got that in me, myself as much as I can push myself, but I'm gonna make sure that I push and make the most of everything. has taught me anything, Because I think if this one chance, it's taught be that you've got a great chance, and I've been given make the most of it, totally. and I'm going to Then he kicked her out? LAUGHTER "Your driving's appalling..." And he was like, she had the faulty gene, The years of worrying whether operation are now at an end. and the months waiting for the It's time to look forward. that I wasn't any different - The minute I woke up, I realised even looked down at that stage, I was still me, no matter, I hadn't I was still the same person no nothing, but I knew as I was before I went in,

and I was really happy about that. She would be a nightmare. Fantastic! (Laughs) my own fate, my own destiny, really. I have changed, sort of, If this had of been me 20 years ago, I'd have probably had breast cancer. in another five years time, I've been given a choice, I feel very honoured that the major thing that's kept me going you know, and I think that's been is that I've got a choice. You know, it's my choice. destiny's not making it for me, Nobody else is making it for me, you know, nothing else - it's mine. To Becky. Here's to Becky. GLASSES CLINK Aww... ALL CHEER And to Becky's boobs! presentations on selected topics. Four Corners now offers broadband about the future of oil at: You can find the latest special