Today the choices facing women with a diagnosis of breast cancer are numerous, however, not all women are being made aware of their options by their physicians. Major strides in breast reconstruction techniques have been made over the past decade so many women can be spared the long scars, prolonged recovery, staged procedures, and impact on their self esteem.
The two main considerations women have regarding breast reconstruction are when to have surgery (immediate or delayed) and what surgery to have done (autologous flap, fat grafting, tissue expander and/or shaped or round implants). One of the biggest advances has been the increase in the nipple sparing mastectomy technique.
Each year during October – National Breast Cancer Awareness month – there are numerous walks and runs for a cure, pink ribbons and all sorts of pink promotions to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
And all of these efforts seem to be making a difference. Fewer women are dying from breast cancer, largely because of advances in screening and treatment. In 2011, an estimated 230,480 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 39,520 women will die from the disease in 2011, according to the American Cancer Society.
Alongside with strides in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, there has been an increased acceptance of breast reconstruction as an option