October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer? It is the second most common type of cancer in women after skin cancer. Part of the reason National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important is because it is a time to remind women of the importance of early detection. It's also an important time to circulate information about cancer treatments, resources, recovery and reconstructive breast surgery options. The US government's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion offers the following information:
- Talk to your doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer.
- A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that screens for breast cancer.
- Doctors recommend mammograms every 2 years for women between the ages of 50 and 74.
By talking with your doctor, you can find out your breast cancer risk, as well as when and how often you should be receiving mammograms and what other preventive measures you can adopt.
If you are a breast cancer survivor, talk to our plastic surgeons about your reconstructive breast surgery options. Many women report that they are not fully informed of their breast reconstruction options after mastectomy, and do not know how to take advantage of these options and the health insurance coverage for the procedure. We are committed to providing you with complete and accurate information as you decide if breast reconstruction is right for you.
If you are searching for an experienced breast reconstruction surgeon in Colorado, please contact the Breast Center at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.