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My Personal Tie to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted On: October 08, 2019 Author: The Office of Dr. Stuart Linder Posted In: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Reduction

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. 

Cancer Awareness

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).

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. 

Pathology Test

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.  

For more information about Sharecare, visit their website here or take a look at my page.

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