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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can breast reconstruction increase the chances of breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
No.: When we use the term "breast reconstruction", we usually mean the operation performed after a mastectomy, typically for cancer. While some may be concerned that a reconstruction may interfere with our ability to identify a recurrence (btw-i don't), it certainly does not cause cancer. Likewise, breast reduction or augmentation may make interpreting a mammogram a little harder, but doesn't cause ca.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
No : Breast reconstruction surgery is usually done following a mastectomy that is done for breast cancer. The surgery will not increase the risk for breast cancer. However having a personal history of breast cancer will give you risk to have recurrence of breast cancer at some degree-depending on the stage of breast cancer, the biology/prognostic factors, treatment you received , etc.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
No: Breast reconstruction does not increase your chances of developing breast cancer.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No such evidence: While some implants may delay the diagnosis of breast cancer recurrence there are no studies which show that it alters or effects survival.
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Reconstruction: It should not if investigated well in advance to avoid recurrence.

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Does the size of a breast increase its chances of having breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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No: The size of a woman's breast has no effect on breast cancer risk.

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