THE ART OF BREAST RECONSTRUCTION
WAG WELL OCTOBER 1, 2018
In the United States, more than 250,000 new diagnoses of invasive breast cancer are made every year, with more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors living today. Although the quality of life and psychosocial benefits of breast reconstruction after mastectomy and partial mastectomy (for example lumpectomy) has been well-established, less than half of women who require mastectomy are currently offered breast reconstruction. Even though more than 100,000 breast reconstruction procedures are performed every year, fewer than 20 percent of women undergoing mastectomy elect to undergo immediate reconstruction at the same time as their mastectomy. For women who did not undergo immediate breast reconstruction or who are unhappy with their breast reconstruction, many may not realize that they may be candidates for delayed breast reconstruction long after their mastectomy or revisions of prior breast reconstruction. Both primary and secondary breast reconstruction is covered by health insurance.
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