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Breast Reduction Allows More Women To Choose Nipple Sparing, Direct To Implant Option For Prophylactic Mastectomy

About 2.3 million women in the United States may be at increased risk for breast cancer because of their family history, according to the nonprofit organization FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.)  An estimated 940,000 people in the U.S. carry a BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene mutation, and women with a BRCA mutation have up to an 85% lifetime risk for breast cancer. More than one-third of high-risk women choose to significantly reduce their breast cancer risk with a prophylactic mastectomy.

Traditionally, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction requires tissue expanders to be placed in the breast immediately after the breast tissue is removed, followed by months of saline fills and a second surgery to insert the permanent implant. A nipple sparing mastectomy preserves the woman's original nipple areola complex (NAC), and the direct to implant, or one step, procedure provides an immediate breast reconstruction within one surgery.

About the New York Group for Plastic SurgeryThe New York Group for Plastic Surgery is comprised of highly trained reconstructive and plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and recognized for their specialized medical and cosmetic surgical skills and personalized patient care.  The New York Group for Plastic Surgery serves patients from communities in the entire Hudson River Valley, New York City, Northern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Western Connecticut, as well as patients who travel from across the United States and internationally for their expertise.

Contact:

Andrea ZiltzerAZ Healthcare Communications Andrea@AZHealthcomm.com914.923.3547

SOURCE New York Group for Plastic Surgery

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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