TARRYTOWN, N.Y., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Plastic and reconstructive surgeons Dr. C. Andrew Salzberg and Dr. R. Michael Koch of the New York Group for Plastic Surgery are spearheading a fundraising campaign to benefit FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), the only national nonprofit organization devoted to supporting women at hereditary risk for various cancers, including breast cancer.
Dr. Salzberg and Dr. Koch are being recognized by FORCE for the skill and compassion they provide to women undergoing mastectomy breast reconstruction to treat breast cancer, or to drastically reduce their risk with a prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy, an option chosen by more than one-third of high-risk women. Dr. Salzberg and Dr. Koch offer women a quicker, less uncomfortable process of mastectomy breast reconstruction known as Direct to Implant, or "One-Step," pioneered by Dr. Salzberg and practiced by both surgeons on hundreds of women who live locally or fly in from across the country to Westchester and Orange Counties for their care.
FORCE is honoring Dr. Salzberg and Dr. Koch as part of their national "Superheroes" fundraising campaign to support research, education and advocacy on behalf of people with hereditary breast, ovarian and other cancers. The New York Group for Plastic Surgery will kick off the campaign with an initial donation of $2,500, and individuals can donate to FORCE in Dr. Salzberg and Dr. Koch's honor by visiting http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/salzberg-koch/heroes.
According to FORCE, 2.3 million women in the U.S. may be at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer because of their family history. Women with a mutation in the BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene have up to an 85% lifetime risk for breast cancer and up to a 50% lifetime risk for ovarian cancer. It is estimated that 940,000 people in the U.S. carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, which can be inherited from a mother or father.