In 2021, it is projected that 20,030 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer, including 19,866 women and 164 men. An average of 55 people per day.
It is important to remember that most people survive breast cancer. The latest statistics show that the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013-2017 was 91.5%. Of course, many people live long and healthy lives well beyond this period.
Some factors that increase your risk of breast cancer include:
Lifestyle factors that can also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer in women and men include:
If you do have symptoms, they could include:
Dr Cohen-Hallaleh performs ‘Triple Assessment’, which includes clinical diagnosis (history and examination), imaging (ultrasound, mammogram, MRI) and pathology (biopsy).
The main options for breast cancer surgery include Breast Conserving Surgery (BCS) and Total Mastectomy. BCS is an operation to remove the cancer and some normal tissue around it, but not the whole breast itself, thereby “conserving the breast”. Total mastectomy, however, is removal of the whole breast.
Oncoplastic breast surgery techniques can be adopted to maintain a good cosmetic outcome after surgery and is now regarded as the modern standard of care for breast cancer surgery. If a total mastectomy is required, breast reconstruction is routinely offered.
Oncoplastic breast surgery combines plastic surgery techniques with breast surgery to both remove the cancer and reconstruct and reshape the breast. It can be useful for achieving a good cosmetic outcome in many women who choose partial mastectomy, such as those who have: