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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
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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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.
African American women: Triple Negative Breast Cancer
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