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How does breast cancer affect sexuality?

Concerns about sexuality are often very worrisome to a woman with breast cancer. Several factors may place a woman at higher risk for sexual problems after breast cancer. Physical changes (such as those after surgery) may make a woman less comfortable with her body. The most common sexual side effects stem from damage to a woman's feelings of attractiveness.
The breasts and nipples are also sources of sexual pleasure for many women. Treatment for breast cancer can interfere with pleasure from breast caressing.
Some treatments for breast cancer, such as chemotherapy and hormone therapy, can change a woman's hormone levels and may affect her sexual interest and/or response.

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