"We are pleased to report that treating breast cancer recurrence rarely requires the removal of patients' implants," says Dr. Andrea Pusic, a co-author of the study. "This is reassuring information for women who choose to have implant-based breast reconstruction."
During 2004, almost 63,000 American women had breast reconstruction after mastectomy, according to ASPS statistics. The American Cancer Society estimates 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will occur in 2005 among women in the United States and more than 40,000 women will die from the disease.
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