Study: Few Women Get Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy


December 12, 2011

USA Today

Few women undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, despite the known cosmetic and psychological advantages, a new study indicates.

"The immediate reconstruction rates are higher in women with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ, an early stage cancer) than with invasive cancer," said Dr. Dawn Hershman, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City.

Fewer than one in four women with invasive cancer opts for the immediate reconstruction of their breast, she found. More than one in three with early stage cancer got the procedure... Read More