Board Certified
Plastic Surgeon
Since 1989

Patient Education is the Key to Better Understanding Breast Cancer & Plastic Surgery

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month calls our attention to the fact that In the United States, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women after skin disease. Some 252,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 63,000 non-invasive breast cancer events were diagnosed in U.S. women this past year. Aside from lung disease, death rates associated with breast cancer are higher than any other type of cancer.

Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. Therefore, it is essential for a woman, and her family, to become better educated about breast cancer in order to make informed decisions about your care.

PATIENT EDUCATION

Again, I wish to emphasize that gaining more “Patient Education” is imperative for adult women of all ages. One resource which I recommend women visit is Breastcancer.org where there is a wealth of information about this life-threatening disease, advances in treatment and resources you can utilize. Other helpful sites include: cancer.gov/bcrisktool/

which provides a breast cancer assessment tool; brightpink.org, offering online support for young women considering genetic testing; and

nationalbreastcancer.org, which has a substantial amount of information about this disease and finding support.

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