June 14, 2013

Facebook Changes Mastectomy Pics Policy

By Lee Aase, Director, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune has an article this morning about Facebook's new policy of allowing users to post pictures of mastectomy scars.

Farris Timimi,M.D., the Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, was interviewed for the story.


Dr. Farris Timimi, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, hopes that striking images on social media will prompt patients to ask more questions of their doctors.

“Conversations are occurring between a provider and their patients that may not have occurred without that kind of knowledge and awareness,” he said.


Timimi of Mayo Clinic said that sense of online community has brought solace and strength to many struggling with breast cancer and the difficult choices it requires.

“Knowing that others face the same challenges and do so with dignity and courage — that’s a powerful message for anyone to see and receive,” Timimi said.


The article is entitled, "Mastectomy debate: Much-needed information or fueling hysteria?"


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