About 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime. One study found women preferred immediate reconstruction to delayed reconstruction. Breast reconstruction significantly improved body image, self-esteem and feeling of attractiveness and satisfaction.
35% of women with breast cancer will have a mastectomy. Removing one or both breasts may be required.
95% of women who had immediate reconstruction were satisfied with their decision.
76% of women who had delayed reconstruction would have preferred immediate reconstruction.
Reconstruction may be more challenging or riskier for late-stage cancer patients.
Implants may not be an option for patients receiving radiation as the radiation treatment can adversely impact effectiveness.
The size and feel of the breast to be reconstructed may be better recreated with certain procedures.
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