Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? This the most diagnosed cancer in women today. For all women, it is extremely important to understand their risk of breast cancer and learn about early diagnosis and prevention.
Early Diagnosis & Prevention
Early diagnosis saves lives! According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5-year relative is 100%.
Self-Exam – It is extremely important for all women to perform a monthly self check. A monthly check helps women detect any changes in their breast tissue including cancerous lumps. Learn how to perform your own check from the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Mammogram – Yearly mammograms for women over 40 are also very important. Mammograms can detect tumors before they can even be felt in a self exam.
Family History/Genetic Testing – New genetic tests can tell women if they have certain abnormal genes that increase their likelihood of cancer. If these tests aren’t available to you, understanding your family history of breast cancer can help indicate your risk.
Healthy Habits – While you can’t simply eat right and not get cancer, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk. First, stop smoking. Maintaining a healthy weight with regular exercise and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is also helpful in minimizing your risk.
Breast Reconstruction After Cancer
Unfortunately, many women will still get breast cancer. Luckily due to increased treatments, prevention plans, and patient options, most patients have a very good chance of coming through the disease stronger than before. Breast reconstruction is an option for many women who have undergone treatment. A reconstruction rebuilds the breast mound, giving women back their previous shape!
Dr. Rast works to create a natural, beautiful look for all of his Kansas City patients helping to restore a sense of normalcy and confidence. If you or someone you love is researching breast reconstruction due to a cancer diagnosis, please consider talking with Dr. Rast. He works with patients and their doctors every step of the way to make the reconstruction process as easy as possible. Call us today at 913-451-3722 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.