Breast reduction can detect cancers

Date posted: 18 November, 2009
Posted by: JC
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Women who desire to reduce the size of their breasts usually do so for health benefits. Now there is one more advantage to having the surgery. The tissues and fats coming from the breast reduction surgery could be tested for cancer and thus any anomalies could be found early. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is already looking to encourage more surgeons to do this after they looked at many studies.

In one such piece of research two hundred women were tested. Malign cells or their pre-formation tissue were discovered in 12.4% of the studied women. The age of the patients was in a strong relationship with the negative cancer diagnosis. The study recorded that 6.2% of women who were 40 years of age presented cancer cells while 7.9% of the patients who were 50 years of age or older presented cancerous cells in their breasts.

The researchers recommended testing the tissues and fats coming from patients who underwent breast reduction surgeries in order to discover the cancer risk. The researchers also suggested these tests should be done expressly on women who are older than 40 years.

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