A woman born today in the United States has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer. For women diagnosed with breast cancer, the two main treatment options are:
- Lumpectomy with radiation (removal of the cancer with a small amount of breast tissue) or
- Mastectomy (removal of all breast tissue).
Mastectomy surgery has improved significantly in the last two decades. Once considered a disfiguring procedure, current techniques for mastectomy and reconstruction can give women results that allow them to feel whole.