Study: Breast Reconstruction Rates Seem To Be Low

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With breast cancer as one of the most common type of malignancy that is affecting the women populations, surgeries and different treatment options are made available to women with breast cancer. Having a breast surgery entails many consequences such as the possibility of the development of post-complications and its effects on the aesthetic perception of the women. These things must be considered especially if the woman undergoing the procedure is conscious about her physical appearance right after the surgical procedure.

Good thing, improvements in cosmetic and technology paved way to the reconstruction of body parts in order to make it look acceptable as far as the perception of the individual is concern. However, new research reveals that there are many women who are not indulging in breast reconstruction despite the improve cosmetics available in the mainstream.

The findings of the new study were reported Thursday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium which was sponsored by the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the American Association for Cancer Research and Baylor College of Medicine. In addition, the data and conclusions of the study should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

The new study involved the analysis and examination of discharge data gathered from about 15 per cent of hospitals in the United States. Researchers included in the study about 108,992 women who underwent surgical procedure known as mastectomy because of having invasive breast cancer. Also, about 14,710 women who also underwent the same surgery because of early stage cancer were included. The data gathered were dated back in 2000 to 2010.

Researchers found out after a thorough investigation that about 23.4 per cent of women who underwent mastectomy because of invasive breast cancer had immediate breast reconstruction. In addition, about 34.6 per cent of women who had early stage of breast cancer and underwent mastectomy also had breast reconstruction.

Moreover, researchers said that those women who were more inclined of getting breast reconstructions were women belonging in the age group of 50 and younger who have health insurance. And it is seemed that having insurance is a big factor whether the women will receive an immediate breast reconstruction or not. According to Dr. Dawn Hershman, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, hershman said: “the cost of reconstruction has increased nearly threefold over this decade.”





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