About Breast Cancer
Matthew J. Lynch, MD
When diagnosed with breast cancer, a woman can become fearful. She will wonder how her doctors will treat the disease and what she will go through during treatment and recovery. She might worry about the treatment affecting her appearance. And most of all, she hopes she will survive.
Many of those fears stem from thoughts of outdated procedures, but today breast cancer care is advanced and patient focused. Maintaining a positive self-image and minimizing deformity from treatment is a priority. Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons use innovative, highly effective methods for breast reconstruction that create satisfying results. Women diagnosed with breast cancer have many treatment options and can have a positive outlook about preserving their femininity as they become survivors for a very long time after diagnosis.
Every year in the U.S., about 230,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. The disease occurs most frequently in women, however men are also diagnosed and living with breast cancer. About two-thirds of women who get breast cancer are diagnosed in the early stages of the disease.
It’s important to understand what breast cancer is. The disease starts as a malignant tumor in the cells of the breast gland. This type of tumor is actually a group of cancer cells that may grow, invade surrounding tissue and sometimes spread to other areas of the body.
Although the survival rate for breast cancer depends on the stage at which the disease is diagnosed, in most cases, when a patient receives early detection, appropriate treatment and good supportive care, the chances of surviving for many years are excellent.
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