Breast cancer, a malignant disease that mostly affects women is related to an uncontrollable growth of cells in the breast caused by an acquired or inherited DNA mutation. While the reasons for the defects that cause breast cancer are not fully understood, a number of risk factors are known to contribute to its development.
New cases of breast cancer affect an estimated 230,000 women and 2,300 men every year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure for people who have had part of the breast, or one or both breasts removed due to a disease such as cancer. During the surgery, the surgeon rebuilds the breast to match the size and shape of the other breast, and both the nipple and areola can also be reconstructed.
But can all women have breast reconstruction?
“Most women who have had a breast removed (mastectomy) are able to have breast reconstruction. Women who have had only the part of the breast around the cancer removed (lumpectomy or breast-conserving surgery) might not need reconstruction, but sometimes they do.
Breast reconstruction is done by a plastic surgeon.” says the American Cancer Society. There are numerous types of breast reconstruction surgery options, depending on a patient’s needs.
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