Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. As of January 2018, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the United States. While much effort is directed at research, prevention, screening, and early detection, there are a larger number of women who are still faced with the reality of having to undergo procedures where part or all of their breast tissue is removed (lumpectomy vs mastectomy).
Ideally, the conversation for reconstructing or restoring the breast should begin at the time of diagnosis, but we know that this is often not the case. In fact, only about 1/3 of women eligible for reconstruction actually undergo a procedure, and approximately 75% of women facing mastectomy or lumpectomy are not even aware of the existence of surgical breast reconstruction.