My Personal Tie to Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Since 2013, I have had the honor of being a member of the Sharecare Editorial Advisory Board. I represent the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery, along with 18 other board members from different specialties.
Sharecare is an innovative and interactive health and wellness website that was created by Dr. Oz and entrepreneur Jeff Arnold. Sharecare allows the public to get multiple expert perspectives regarding various health and wellness issues.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I was asked to share my thoughts and story about this critical issue.
Sharecare shared this video on October 6, 2019, on Twitter (see video below).
— Sharecare (@SharecareInc) October 6, 2019
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 the way that 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.