Fewer breast cancer survivors get reconstruction surgery

December 12, 2011 9:48:18 AM PST
More women are by-passing reconstructive surgery following breast cancer treatment.

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

Fewer than one in four women with invasive cancer opt for the immediate reconstruction of their breast. More than one in three with early stage cancer got the procedure.

Researchers found that access to health insurance was the biggest predictor of whether a woman received the reconstruction. Those findings were presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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