October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so many of us know someone in our lives who has been affected by this cancer. According to research done by The American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Since the year 2000, there has been a decrease in the breast cancer incidence rate and it continues to drop year over year. At this time, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the US alone. There are several risk factors of breast cancer including being a woman, getting older, genetics, and having dense breast tissue. There are also some lifestyle- related breast cancer risk factors including drinking alcohol, being overweight, and lack of physical activity, to name a few.
Right now there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer, but there are some things you can do to help reduce the risk or detect signs of breast cancer earlier where treatments are often more effective. These things include:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, poultry, and fish
- Maintaining a regular workout routine
- Limiting your alcohol intake
- Having regular breast screenings
Many women who suffer from breast cancer often have to have one or more breasts completely removed as part of their breast cancer treatment. While this can be emotionally traumatizing, breast reconstruction can help restore one’s self confidence and overall quality of life. The reconstruction of the breast can help you, or a loved one, move past a cancer diagnosis and move forward in life. For more information about Breast Reconstruction Surgery and what to expect, please call our office at (859) 276-3883. We know how difficult this journey can be. Let us help ease the stress of Breast Reconstructive Surgery.
Plastic Surgeons of Lexington is the oldest Plastic Surgery group in Lexington, KY. Our practice is devoted to the surgical management of patients with aesthetic and reconstructive surgery needs. We specialize in Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Botox, DOT Laser Therapy, NeoGraft, Skin Injections, Breast Augmentation, and Liposuction. Please call our office today at (859) 276-3883 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!