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Clover’s (far left) dream to help women with breast cancer fulfilled! ©Clover Lewis Ltd
07 Sep 2017

Hot Mastectomy Swimwear, by a Designer Who Understands

We are excited to welcome a guest post from Clover Lewis. Clover is an inspiration to women with breast cancer around the world. As a young survivor, her post-cancer difficulties with finding a “hot bikini” led her to use her abilities as a costume designer and trained artist to create a beautiful line of mastectomy swimwear. But not only that, she is a patron, ambassador,...

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What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Why African American Women Need to Know
31 Aug 2017

What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and Why African American Women Need to Know

Often times, it’s easier to say “breast cancer” instead of talking about a specific type of breast cancer. That’s because there are so many types that it can be difficult to wrap your head around it. There’s DCIS, metastatic breast cancer, and male breast cancer. But sometimes specific types have a large impact on women. Especially women of varying races. This, unfortunately, is the case...

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Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women:  What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?
22 Sep 2016

Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women: What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?

Submitted by Dr. Frank J. DellaCroce, ITC Advisory Board Member and MD, FACS, from the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, New Orleans, LA www.breastcenter.com For women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the emotional blow of mastectomy and the sense of loss that comes with it can leave scars that go far beyond the surface. The daily reminders in the mirror, brought by the empty, scarred chest, can leave a profound feeling...

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Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women
21 Sep 2016

Breast Surgery Complications: Healing Risks for African-American Women

Undergoing breast surgery, whether mastectomy or reconstruction, is a nerve-wracking experience for many women. You not only want to stay safe and avoid repeated procedures, you also want minimal scarring and a cosmetically appealing result. Unfortunately, for some African American women, getting cosmetically appealing results following a breast procedure is challenging. This is due to a higher rate of certain breast surgery complications: in particular, keloids and hypertrophic...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity
14 Sep 2016

Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity

As part of our African American breast cancer focus with BWHI this month, we’re taking a look at breast reconstruction and racial disparity. African American women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to choose autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction is a procedure that uses the woman’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast form. The tissue is taken from another part of her body.   ...

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