Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Posted On: October 01, 2021 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Reconstruction
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October is breast cancer awareness month, and every October, you see a lot of information about breast cancer, which is a good thing. Awareness surrounding breast cancer is essential as early detection, often through screening, can catch the disease when it is most treatable.
A few years back, Sharecare, an innovative and interactive health and wellness website created by Dr. Oz and entrepreneur Jeff Arnold asked if I would share my thoughts and story.
In this video, I shared the story of a patient who changed my life forever.
During a breast reduction surgery, I noticed the outer side of her left breast had developed severe calcifications.
Before every breast surgery, I request a mammogram of the patient’s breast to create a road map. This patient’s mammogram showed no evidence of calcifications or any other complications.
I sent the tissue to pathology, and it came back as cancer (infiltrative ductal carcinoma). As a result, this patient ended up having a bilateral mastectomy and total breast reconstruction.
This patient, who I had seen early on in my career, changed how I conduct plastic surgery. I believe it is my responsibility as your plastic surgeon, especially as a breast specialist, to test every patient for breast cancer even if there are no warning signs.
As we enter into October 2021, I encourage every woman to get regular mammograms and clinical breast exams, as these tests can help detect breast cancer before she even has symptoms.