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The Benefit of Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

2015-04

Iulia Mihaela Iacob, Crenguța Coman, Ruxandra Mihai, Dragoș Zamfirescu, Șerban Dumitrache, Ioan Petre Florescu, Carmen Giuglea

Being diagnosed with breast cancer means that the involved patients are dealing with a new phase in their lives. We can say that their priorities change radically. A study from 2011 shows that the leading cause of cancer deaths, in women, in developing countries, is breast cancer, compared to the past decade where the main cause was the cervical cancer. (1)

Up to accepting the diagnosis and regaining the strength to move forward, women go through frustration, denial, guilt, feelings exacerbated by physical mutilation (mastectomy) which they have to deal with this disease. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the main cause of cancer death among females, representing 23% of total cancer cases and 14% of cancer deaths. (1)

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