Young women at high genetic risk of breast cancer — plastic surgeons play key role in treatment

May 29, 2018 – With available testing for breast cancer risk genes, some women are learning at young ages that they are at high lifetime risk of breast cancer. Plastic surgeons play a key role in counseling and managing this group of high-risk young adults, according to a special topic paper in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

“Young BRCA-positive patients undergoing mastectomy have unique surgical and psychosocial needs,” comments ASPS Member Surgeon Nolan S. Karp, MD, of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, New York. “Plastic surgeons must be familiar with treatment guidelines, necessary referral patterns and particular needs of these patients to appropriately manage their care.”

Even for Women with BRCA Risk Genes, Low Risk of Breast Cancer Before Age 30

Dr. Karp and colleagues share their insights from working with young women who seek BRCA (breast cancer-associated) gene testing due to a family history of breast cancer. In recent years – especially after actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone the procedure – there has been a sharp increase in the number of women undergoing risk-reducing


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