During a total simple mastectomy, the surgeon removes the breast tissue, nipple, areola and skin. Other mastectomy procedures may leave some parts of the breast, such as the skin or the nipple. Surgery to create a new breast is optional and can be done at the same time as your mastectomy surgery or it can be done later. A mastectomy is surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer.
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Mastectomy is surgery to remove all or part of the breast. This federal law requires most group insurance plans that cover mastectomies to also cover breast reconstruction. It was signed into law on October 21, For plan years a plan year can be any month period that the insurer chooses beginning on or after January 1, , a group health plan generally cannot limit or deny benefits relating to a pre-existing condition.
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Mari Gallion, an author living in Alaska, is one of a growing number of women with breast cancer to choose nipple-sparing mastectomy. Not according to new research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, and published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Of study participants who had a nipple-sparing mastectomy NSM , the rate of recurrence was 5.
A recent survey found that mastectomies increased by 36 percent from to — from 66 per , women to 90 per , The increase was driven mainly by women choosing to have double mastectomies. But the rate of women without a cancer diagnosis, who chose a double mastectomy to prevent a feared future cancer, more than doubled. Patient advocates are concerned. We all should be.