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Breast cancer survival rates have increased in the last 20 years

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Feb 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

In today’s society, most people know that a pink ribbon represents the fight against breast cancer. Thankfully, the latest government statistics have shown a significant decrease in the number of deaths caused by breast cancer within the last twenty years.

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Topics: Breast reconstruction, Breast Cancer


4 common breast questions answered

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Feb 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Ever since you’ve hit puberty, your breasts, whether big or small, may have become a focal point in your life. Breasts may typically get a lot of attention, but there is still an air of mystery surrounding breasts. The staff at Buzzfeed took it upon themselves to answer some of the most common questions about breasts you might be too uncomfortable to ask yourself.

Here are the top four questions about breasts, answered:

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Topics: Breast lift, Breast augmentation, Breast Cancer, breast care, breast reduction, breast implants


One woman’s change of heart for cosmetic surgery

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Jan 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Some individuals continue to brush plastic surgeons aside when it comes to sharing affection during the holiday season. Many give thanks to the cardiovascular surgeon who performed a live-saving bypass operation, or to the general practitioner who diagnosed a severe sinus infection. This holiday season, however, one woman named Meredith Carroll expressed more affection for her plastic surgeon than any other doctor.

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Topics: Breast reconstruction, Plastic surgery, Breast Cancer


3 breast cancer lessons from celebrity survivors

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Oct 27, 2014 9:00:00 AM

A diagnosis of breast cancer may leave one feeling very much alone with worries and concerns, but breast cancer is now more treatable than ever with proper treatment. Many celebrities have successfully beat breast cancer, and their candor about their experiences should give newly diagnosed women hope. Here are three stories from celebrities who have fought breast cancer and won.

Sheryl Crow, musician and singer

Sheryl Crow’s breast cancer was found during a routine mammogram. Her cancer was in the very early stages of development. In fact, it was in such early stages that Crow’s treatment consisted of minimally invasive surgery and several weeks of radiation therapy. She did not require any chemotherapy.

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Topics: Breast Cancer


Breast implant options for breast reconstruction after cancer

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Oct 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM

During October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast cancer prevention and treatment are discussed in magazines, on television, and beyond. An important consideration for women who have already been diagnosed with or treated for breast cancer is what to do if mastectomy (the removal of one or both breasts) is part of the treatment plan. Many women successfully have their breasts reconstructed with breast implants after breast cancer treatment and mastectomy, which is a procedure commonly known as breast reconstruction.

While you may have many questions about the safety of breast implants after mastectomy, there are three questions that seem to come up over and over:

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Topics: Breast reconstruction, Plastic surgery, Breast Cancer


Breast reconstruction after breast cancer

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Oct 15, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Losing one or both breasts to breast cancer may be traumatic. For some women, losing breasts may involve feelings of a loss of self or a loss of feminine identity. For others, it may simply mean feeling less rather than whole. Whatever the feelings associated with mastectomy after breast cancer, breast reconstruction may be a good option for rebuilding the breasts and also for rebuilding a sense of self and wholeness after breast cancer.

Breast reconstruction basics

Breast reconstruction is performed after a breast, or a significant portion of a breast, is removed. The procedure is meant to rebuild the breast to the same size and shape that it was before breast cancer, although some women may opt to make changes to the size or shape of the breasts. At one time, the nipple and areola were typically lost in the process of breast reconstruction after mastectomy; however, modern surgical techniques are now able to not only rebuild the breasts, but often are able to either preserve the nipple and areola or recreate them. The two most common types of breast reconstruction are implants or tissue flap procedures, but some patients benefit from a combination of the two.

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Topics: Breast Cancer


Breast cancer prevention and treatment options [infographic]

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery   |   Oct 13, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Few things are as scary to think about as breast cancer. It is a disease that affects so many women, and chances are high that your own life has been touched by it, whether directly or indirectly. The good news is that breast cancer is becoming easier to detect and treat, meaning survival rates are increasing. There are also a number of preventative steps you can take to reduce your risk. We’ve compiled a number of tips and facts for you to consider regarding breast cancer. Knowing how to prevent it, recognize the symptoms, understand your treatment options, and how to deal with survival will serve you well. To learn more about breast cancer, please see the following infographic and call Monarch Plastic Surgery or your primary care doctor should you have any concerns.

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Topics: Breast Cancer

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