Breast cancer research estimates 230,480 new cases of breast cancer cases occurred in the United States during 2011 with an additional 2,140 cases diagnosed in men. The American Cancer Society reported 192,370 cases of invasive breast cancer in 2009. It is the most common form of cancer (other than skin cancer) among women in the United States. The survival rate of those having breast cancer is about 1 in 35, much improved over recent years due to early treatment. The American Cancer Society estimates there to be more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States alone.
Many patients will experience the lifesaving procedure of a mastectomy. Today we’ll explore what to expect when recovering from breast cancer and a mastectomy. Follow this step by step guide to the care and needs of a breast cancer patient to better recover and regain health comfortably.