Beth Whaanga

Woman's post-mastectomy body 'offensive' to people

A woman who posted candid images of her post-cancer surgery body online was horrified when more than 100 people "unfriended" her.

A woman who posted candid images of her post-cancer surgery body online was horrified when more than 100 people "unfriended" her because they deemed the pictures "offensive".

Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with cancer on her 32nd birthday last year and underwent a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy.

Her various surgeries have left her body scarred but she was determined not to be ashamed so asked her friend Nadia Masot, a photographer, to capture her new figure in a series of portraits.

Beth was thrilled with the images and shared them on Facebook but was horrified when more than 100 people immediately "unfriended" her, saying the pictures were obscene and disgusting.

"These pictures are in no way pornographic," Beth's sister Emma Rayner said. "They represent the truth about cancer and what measures some women will need to take to survive.

"I think it's brave that she can show her scars and I think many more women will hopefully check their own bodies every now and then."

read more from