What You Need to Know

Breast Implants After Mastectomy: Risks You Need to Know Concerns about breast implants in post mastectomy reconstruction.
Are Mastectomies Necessary for Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2? What About for Women Without the Breast Cancer Gene? When Angelina Jolie publicly announced her double mastectomy in 2013, she was praised for possibly saving many women’s lives. But we know more today than we did then and experts now agree that too many women are undergoing unnecessary mastectomies. Here are the facts.
2016 Update: When should women start regular mammograms? 40? 50? And how often is “regular”? In recent years, there has been a growing concern that annual mammograms starting at age 40 may do more harm than good for many women. That is why the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force, an expert group that reviews the latest research findings, recommends that mammography screening for most women start at age 50 rather than 40, and that the frequency be every two years (instead of annually) through the age of 74.
Less Radical Surgery is a Healthier Choice for Women with Breast Cancer Experts have long advised that lumpectomy patients live as long as mastectomy patients. But the latest research, based on thousands of women, indicates that women with early-stage breast cancer are more likely to live longer, healthier lives if they choose less radical surgery.
The Facts About Breast Implants What exactly are breast implants? Breast implants are silicone envelopes filled with a liquid or gel. They are used to increase the size of a breast or to replace a breast that was removed because of breast cancer.
Before You Get Implants Are they safe? What kinds of complications should I expect? How long do breast implants last? Why do implants break? How much do breast implants cost after the initial surgery? Do breast implants cause cancer?
How Will Breast Implants Change Your Life? Breast implants will affect your life forever. Immediate results are usually positive, but it’s important to remember that this decision will be with you forever.
What To Ask Your Friends, Relatives, and Plastic Surgeon. Sometimes it’s hard to know what questions to ask, and who to ask them of. Here are some of the questions you may want to ask the people who are closest to you. And, important questions to ask a plastic surgeon if you are seriously considering breast implants.