24 March 2011
Breast cancer survivors in the UK who undergo mastectomies are being denied cosmetic surgery after their procedures.
According to new figures published by the NHS Information Centre, just one in five of the 16,485 women who had a mastectomy between January 2008 and March 2009 had immediate reconstructive surgery.
This is despite guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which claims all women undergoing mastectomies should be offered reconstructive breast surgery.
Commenting on the situation, Chris Caddy, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told the Independent: "In an ideal world, there would be more women having reconstructions.
"We want to use this report to drive up the quality of reconstructive surgery and tell patients this is what we [plastic surgeons] do and this is what you need to ask for to get a better result."
Recently, Cancer Research UK claimed that one in eight women in the UK are affected by breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.
Posted by Edward Bartel
1 "One woman in eight will get breast cancer". Cancer Research UK. Friday, February 4th 2011.
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