Recently, researchers discovered that the rate of women receiving breast reconstruction after mastectomy has been rising, specifically for the time period of 1998 to 2007. In 1998, about 46 percent of women who underwent mastectomy also had breast reconstruction. In 2006, the figure increased to 63 percent of mastectomy patients.
Other findings included:
- Procedures using breast implants (as opposed to tissue only) increased.
- Bilateral mastectomies increased, from 3 percent of mastectomies in 1998 to 18 percent in 2007.
- About 75 percent of the women who received bilateral mastectomies opted for reconstruction.
- About 52 percent of the women who received single mastectomy opted for breast reconstruction.
- About three-quarters of women who chose reconstruction from 1998 to 2007 were under the age of 40, followed by women age 40-49, then 50-59, and then women age 60 and older.
You can find the abstract of the study on this webpage of the Journal of Clinical Oncology: https://jco.ascopubs.org/content/early/2014/02/18/JCO.2013.52.2284.abstract.
If you have had a mastectomy or have one scheduled in the future, please contact the Breast Center - Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to learn about what your options are for breast reconstruction in greater Denver.