October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual event was created in 1985 to help increase the understanding of breast cancer. The event that started with only two members has now grown to include hundreds of sponsors, several government agencies and many professional associations.
Early Detection Is Key
For those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, early detection is the key to survival. That’s why yearly mammograms are encouraged for women who are 40 years of age and older, and for those women who have an increased risk of developing the disease because of family history.
With early detection, survival rates go up drastically. In fact, the National Breast Cancer Foundation says that the disease has a survival rate of 98 percent when the cancer is detected early. In addition to having an annual mammogram, you are encouraged to do monthly breast self-examinations.
Treatment for Breast Cancer
Treatment options for breast cancer include a mastectomy, lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
After a woman’s breast has been removed, breast reconstruction is often used to replace the breast. Breast reconstruction can also be helpful in achieving symmetry following a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy.
Breast reconstruction can help with physical and psychological healing. Removal of a breast can make a woman feel less feminine, and the breast’s new appearance following a mastectomy or lumpectomy serves as a constant reminder of her health battles.
At Port City Plastic Surgery, we consider breast reconstruction to be one of the most rewarding procedures we offer. It can provide a much-needed emotional boost for many women, helping them regain confidence in their bodies and their appearance.
Breast reconstruction is not right for every woman who has lost a breast or whose breasts have sustained damage. Ideal candidates will have sufficient tissue on the chest to facilitate reconstruction. Also, cancer patients considering breast reconstruction should have the procedure cleared with their oncologist, as cancer recurrence may be a concern.
To find out more about breast reconstruction, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Port City Plastic Surgery serves Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina from two locations in Charleston and Daniel Island.