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Breast Cancer

Breast Augmentation – Does It Mask Cancer or Cause
the Disease to Return?

Studies on the aftereffects of breast augmentation or
reconstruction have shown that the surgery cannot cause
breast cancer to reappear after it has been cured or is in
remission. Should a patient who has overcome breast
cancer discover that the disease has returned, it is safe
to undergo chemotherapy or radiation treatments and the
breast augmentation or reconstruction will not be affected.
If you have considered having breast reconstruction with
either a flap or an implant, you can rest assured that there is
a little possibility that the reconstruction will mask the
redevelopment of breast cancer. And there is minimal risk associated with breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.

Discuss Mammograms with Your Doctor Before Breast Augmentation

If you have had a mastectomy, you should continue to have regular mammograms on your other breast. Be sure to schedule the mammogram at a clinic or facility that employs experienced technicians who are skilled at giving mammograms and reading the results. If you have had breast reconstruction with an implant, you must have your mammograms at a facility which has technicians who have been trained to adjust the implant so that a clear image of the breast can be tested. Breast implants, particularly silicone rather than saline-filled, can sometimes obstruct the picture and make it difficult to get a clear reading.
If you have had tissue flap breast reconstruction, you can still have a mammogram on your breast. But you should know that scars and surgical clips can often be seen on a mammogram. Nevertheless, well-trained technicians will still be able to detect any changes in your breast, including significant abnormalities.

The Importance of Breast Self-Examinations

Many women prefer to do their own breast self-examination (BSE) after they have had breast reconstruction. If you decide to do BSE, remember to check both the reconstructed breast and the other breast, as this can make it clear to you what normal breasts feel like. And when you do breast self-examinations in the future, you will be better able to recognize abnormalities.  You will notice that a reconstructed breast has a different feel, and there may be some noticeable changes in the other breast, too. It’s important to talk to your doctor about what to be on the alert for in a breast self-examination, so that if there are any irregularities you can deal with them immediately. If you have any questions about breast self-examinations, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor.

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