Thanks to Hidden Scar™ Surgery, Breast Cancer’s Visible Reminders are Minimized for Many Women in Greensboro, NC
If you don’t already know someone that’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, the chances are good that you will. In 2018 alone, 330,000 American women will encounter some form of breast cancer. According to breastcancer.org, research shows that around 12.4% of women will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.
Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery helps diminish visible reminders of breast cancer for many women.
Central Carolina Surgery of Greensboro, North Carolina staffs the most certified Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer surgeons in the state and perhaps the entire country.
“Nine of our surgeons have undergone Hidden Scar™ Certification. There are so many surgical options for breast cancer patients today. For many women nipple-sparing mastectomy and lumpectomy, as well as other breast-conserving procedures make the visible signs of breast cancer minimal,” says Dr. Matt Wakefield, a surgeon with Central Carolina Surgery.
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Awareness has made breast cancer treatment and survival very successful. According to the National Cancer Institute’s SEER database from 2007 – 2013, the 5-year relative survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage I breast cancer is close to 100%. Stage II patients experience 93%. Even those diagnosed at stage III are tracked with a 72% 5-year relative survival rate.
“Breast cancer advances have made it possible for us to offer a multitude of surgical options, including options that prioritize cosmetic outcomes. The research has found that 53% of lumpectomy patients and 33% of mastectomy patients don’t feel completely informed about their surgical options,” says Dr. Faera L. Byerly, MD, FACS.
For many women, scars matter.
Studies show that breast surgery scars significantly impact a woman’s psychological and emotional recovery and quality of life after surgery because scars can have a tremendous impact on a woman’s self-confidence, intimacy, and body image.
Central Carolina Surgery is on a mission to offer breast cancer patients in the greater Greensboro area every proven surgical option and to make them fully aware of those options as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery is an advanced approach to removing breast cancer.
Today, surgeons in Greensboro, North Carolina can surgically remove breast cancer with a mastectomy procedure (remove all of your breast tissue) or a lumpectomy procedure (remove only part of your breast tissue) with little to no visible reminder of the surgery or your cancer.
“What we’ve learned to do is place that incision in a location that is hard to see. So, when it heals, you can’t see the scar. Ladies don’t have to experience a visible reminder of the surgery or cancer,” says Dr. Wakefield.
What are Hidden Scar™ Procedures and Who’s Eligible?
Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery qualification is based on the size and location of the tumor as well as breast shape and breast size.
The Hidden Scar™ approach can be performed for a mastectomy or a lumpectomy procedure. Fortunately, these techniques do not have a higher risk of cancer recurrence than any other type of technique.
A Nipple Sparing Mastectomy can be performed as a Hidden Scar™ Procedure, which means that the incision is made in a place that is hard to see such as the natural crease beneath the breast known as the “inframammary fold” or in some cases the surgeon removes all of the breast tissue but does not remove the nipple.
Call us for a consultation at (336) 387-8100 to learn more or see our website under breast surgery. Click here to read more and see a short video on how it all works.
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