Breast reduction surgery is an extremely effective and rewarding procedure that many women undergo for the treatment of large, significantly uncomfortable breasts. It entails the removal of an appropriate amount of breast tissue and skin with recontouring in order to alleviate the symptoms. Research studies have shed light on another benefit: a lowered risk of developing breast cancer for some women. It would seem logical that with less breast tissue available to degenerate into cancer, the risk should be decreased. That is indeed what has been determined. Evidence from several studies performed to examine this possible relationship reveal a risk reduction ranging from 28% to 50%. This effect, however, was only noted to occur in women who were over 40 years old when the surgery was performed. No discernable benefit was seen in those women less than 40 years of age.
This well substantiated finding is just another potential benefit from undergoing a breast reduction. For those women who have an inherently high risk of developing breast cancer, a more appropriate procedure that removes virtually all the breast tissue should be considered such as a subcutaneous or total mastectomy.
Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona
A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19
As always, our highest priority is to ensure YOUR safety and well-being.
With coronavirus/COVID-19 still a health issue, we want you to know that we are continuing to take extreme infection control measures in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. This also means that only patients will be permitted to come into our office and everyone will have their temperature checked.
In an abundance of caution, we are requesting that if you are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness, please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment. You may also want to contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation.
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