I see a lot of lady patients in my practice since I deal with breast cancer and other breast-related conditions all the time. What has struck me as the rule rather than the exception, is that women don’t have a complete say in matters dealing with not just their breasts but their life…..whether she should keep her breast or sacrifice it, whether she should go for chemotherapy or not, how much should she be told about the disease etc. etc. The people involved in these crucial decisions involve men ranging from a husband to the father-in-law to a second-degree male relative or sometimes even an ‘educated’ male neighbour. Women empowerment is the only answer….her issues are her own, her body, mind and intellect are all her own. Only she must be allowed the right to decide what is good for her, with gentle gestures of support from her immediate family.