A new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that some women who need a lumpectomy or mastectomy have a third, perfectly safe option for treatment, the nipple sparing mastectomy.
There are essentially two main paths for surgery when breast cancer is detected. The first less aggressive is just to remove the lump and the tissue around it (lumpectomy). The second is to remove the entire breast. Obviously the first option is less damaging and leaves a women’s breast looking relatively normal, but it carries an 8% to 12 % risk of a recurrence, whereas the second removes the entire breast which can be traumatic in and of itself, before considering the issues of the cancer.
The third option now becoming more common is the nipple saving mastectomy, which leaves the skin, nipple and peripheral breast tissue intact. It also allows for immediate reconstructive surgery, meaning a quicker overall recovery time and less psychological trauma for the women having breast surgery.
[Source: Medical News Today]