Plastic surgeons should discuss mammograms, cancer with augmentation patients

07/12/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Plastic surgeons should discuss with their patients a recent study showing that breast implants can obscure mammogram images and should refer patients to clinics with experience performing and analyzing mammograms of women with breast implants, plastic surgeon Jennifer Walden says. The study had limitations, and other studies have not found higher death rates in breast cancer patients with implants. Plastic surgeons should discuss risks and alternatives with potential breast augmentation patients and should discourage women with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation from getting augmentation, Walden said.

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