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October 19, 2016: Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

HHS Office on Women’s Health Breast Cancer Patient Education Campaign

As an African American woman or Latina undergoing a mastectomy, it’s important to know the facts about breast reconstruction. A new campaign led by the HHS Office on Women’s Health is providing tools to providers and patients to support conversations about breast reconstruction.

An updated breast reconstruction fact sheet from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), with support from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS Office on Women’s Health, HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH), and HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), outlines options on breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

The fact sheet provides answers to basic questions, shows how surgeons reconstruct breasts using implants or tissue from a woman’s own body, and outlines the recovery, possible complications and other considerations of both surgical options.

It’s also important for women to know that federal law mandates most health insurance plans to include coverage of breast reconstruction and prostheses. Women who have Medicare or Medicaid should check with their insurance plan to see if reconstruction is covered. For more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. (Read more: Your Rights After a Mastectomy )

For more information, visit NCI Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy Fact Sheet.
En español: La reconstrucción del seno después de una mastectomía


Help raise awareness about breast reconstruction options and patient rights to receive breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

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Breast Cancer Disparities



In the U.S, most breast cancers are diagnosed at an early stage regardless of race; however African American women are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage. Furthermore, white women are more likely to get breast cancer, African American women have higher rates of late stage breast cancer and more likely to die from it. In addition, breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women.
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It is thought that social determinants such as access to care, living conditions and poverty, as well as cancer risk and genetic factors, all contribute to this disparity. Early detection, diagnosis and treatment are vital tools in reducing breast cancer deaths in minority women.

Breast cancer disparities among African American women and Latinas

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Latinas: Leading cause of cancer death among women

NCI launches largest-ever study of breast cancer genetics in black women

See all health data and disparities profiles:

African American Health Profile
American Indian and Alaska Native Health Profile
Asian American Health Profile
Hispanic/Latino Health Profile
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Profile

10/28/2016 1:49:00 PM