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Who’s a Candidate for Skin-Sparing Mastectomy?

Regarded as more than a source of infant nutrition, women’s breasts are often viewed as symbols of femininity.

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A cancer diag­nosis can strike an emotional blow. Firstly, it forces women to face their own mor­tality. Secondly, a patient can’t help but wonder about post-operation dis­figure­ment. So self-esteem is a valid concern to be addressed by oncolo­gists and surgeons.

The first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80 percent of breast cancer cases are discovered when a woman personally feels a lump. The earliest breast cancers are generally detected by a ma­mmo­gram. Lumps found in lymph nodes located within the armpits can also indicate breast cancer.

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