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We curate the breast reconstruction and breast cancer news to bring you what we consider the best. An uplifting story, a new company impacting the lives of the breast cancer community, a significant cancer discovery, or a new breast reconstruction option made available–whatever it is, we want to keep you posted on the things we’re reading and on the incredible members of the breast cancer community who are making a difference. Breast cancer treatments and breast reconstruction methods change every day. In a single scientific finding, a controversy may be started and debates ensue that can change the standard of care or even national policy. New breast cancer support organizations and businesses form that can make the difference between surviving and thriving in the months following a diagnosis. Knowing the latest means knowing your options and your rights. Join our conversations here, comment, and share the news and breast cancer community resources that interests you. We’re a team here.


Pink Ink Funds Grants for Nipple Tattoos
07 Apr 2016

Pink Ink Funds Grants for Nipple Tattoos

For many, reconstruction after a mastectomy starts the process of regaining ownership over your body. You make the choice for reconstruction. You decide how you will face your future. Areola or nipple tattoos are basically the cherry on top of that sundae. It’s the final touches to regain the femininity, and the normalcy you may have lost. Amy Black, a tattoo artist who founded the Pink...

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Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes
23 Mar 2016

Abdominal Flap Reconstruction Techniques Have Different Outcomes

Deciding on an abdominal flap is often a time-consuming process. Clearly, you and your plastic surgeon will take into account your own preferences and individual medical needs when trying to decide. However, there’s an interesting new study that might be worth taking a look at it. In the past, there has not been much information available that compared the different types of autologous reconstruction options, such...

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Topical Estrogen May Relieve Some Breast Cancer Side Effects
09 Mar 2016

Topical Estrogen May Relieve Some Breast Cancer Side Effects

As every woman who has gone down this journey knows, “breast cancer” doesn’t end with remission. Life is changed permanently after the diagnosis, both emotionally and physically. For many women, some lifelong physical changes may be the result of estrogen-blocking medications used to prevent breast cancer recurrence. Thankfully, a hopeful change may be on the horizon. On Monday, February 22, 2016, the American College of...

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Cleaning for a Reason
11 Feb 2016

Cleaning for a Reason

I write about breast cancer every day, and sometimes my writing space and non-writing space blend together. Recently, while perusing Facebook, I noticed a post about an organization called Cleaning for a Reason. I read the blurb and then connected to their Facebook page. As I absorbed the information, I was astounded to discover this non-profit organization actually provides free cleaning services to women who...

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Congress Says Breast Cancer Patients Deserve to Know About Reconstruction
22 Dec 2015

Congress Says Breast Cancer Patients Deserve to Know About Reconstruction

BREAKING NEWS: With bipartisan support, Congress has passed the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act of 2015!!! President Obama has already signed this new act into law.   Whether or not you are politically interested or whether you’ve participated in breast cancer advocacy, the passing of this law will mark a moment to be celebrated by every person who has ever known someone who has gone...

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Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option
15 Dec 2015

Dermal Implant Gives New Nipple Option

Although there are several breast reconstruction options for women who have undergone a mastectomy, many of which are covered by insurance, reconstructing the nipple has not undergone the same developments as breast reconstruction generally. There are a few options, including custom-made adhesive nipples and skin grafts, but the procedures are often expensive and may require regular replacements.   Fortunately, a new option has come onto...

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Mammogram Recommendation Changes: Does 5 Years Make a Difference?
03 Nov 2015

Mammogram Recommendation Changes: Does 5 Years Make a Difference?

When the American Cancer Society announced major changes to their guidelines regarding mammograms, a great debate was sparked regarding whether the changes were significant or not. The controversial move included changing the recommended age for mammograms to begin at 45 rather than 40, and reducing the recommended frequency of mammograms to every other year for women 55 and older, rather than yearly. Two breast radiologists and one breast surgeon,...

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