October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All across the country, organizations are conducting events intended to increase awareness of the dangers of breast cancer and to raise money for breast cancer research.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is now officially 25 years old. Since 1985, this event has been instrumental in empowering women to take control of their breast health by conducting regular self-breast examinations, going for frequent mammograms, and scheduling regular visits with their doctor to ensure proper breast care.
Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer worldwide and the fifth most common cause of death by cancer. The disease generally originates in the inner lining of the milk ducts of the breasts. However, there are many different kinds of breast cancer which necessitate various forms of treatment. As with most types of cancer, early diagnosis and prompt treatment provide the greatest likelihood of survival.
Women who require a mastectomy to remove cancerous tumors in their breasts may opt for breast reconstruction surgery to restore the appearance of their breasts to pre-cancer form. It is important to use a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast reconstruction surgery to ensure the best results possible.