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Recognizing October as the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By October 7, 2011 No Comments

Did you know that the breast cancer death rate for women in the United States of America is higher than any other form of cancer excluding  lung cancer.  One in eight women  will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and approximately 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.      …there is HOPE!

When breast cancer is detected early, 98% will survive! Regular routine exams help to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. These guidelines are recommended by the American Cancer Society for early breast cancer detection.

By the age of 40 and on, most doctors recommend their patients  to have annual mammography testing AND clinical breast exam done. Newer digital mammography does a better job than traditional film mammography in detecting cancer in dense breast tissue and in women under 50 years of age.

Give yourself breast self-exams. A woman should get to know her own breasts and how they feel normally. Your Plastic Surgeon, OB-Gyn, or general health practioner can show you how if you are unaware how to exam your own breasts.

It’s also important to know your family history of breast cancer, or any type of cancer for that matter. The age in which a family member was diagnosed is also important in helping you determine your own risk with cancer.

Men are not excluded from the risks of breast cancer. Though breast cancer is far more common in women than in men, it is harder to detect in men than in women. It is equally as important that men also do self-exam tests, and see there physician for routine examinations.

Take preventative action! Be proactive! Help the fight the war against breast cancer by supporting the research for the cure! There are many organizations available today to be a part of, such as:  www.komen.org, www.nationalbreastcancer.org, and www.bcrfcure.com

Both Dr. John Layke and Dr. Payman Danielpour specialize in post-mastectomy breast and nipple reconstruction and support many breast cancer research societies and charities.

To discuss more about breast cancer awareness, breast reconstruction,  breast augmentation, breast mastopexy, breast reduction, post breast mastectomy reconstruction,  nipple and areola reconstruction, please call                                                                                                        Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group 310.853.5147