Current US figures show that approximately 1 in 8 U.S. women (just under 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.1
The treatment of breast cancer has moved progressively towards breast-conserving therapy, yet for approximately one third of all breast cancer patients, a mastectomy is inevitable. In addition, there is a increase in the number of women being diagnosed with a BRCA gene mutation, many of whom will decide to opt for risk-reducing mastectomy as a way of managing their breast cancer risk.
In addition to chemotherapy, radiotherapy and mastectomy, reconstructive breast surgery is an integral part of cancer treatment — leading to a journey toward emotional and physical healing. The AIRS Foundation provides objective and accurate information about all types of reconstruction, so women feel confident and well-informed in making the right decision for themselves, regardless of where they are in their breast cancer journey – and regardless of their ability to pay for the procedure.
The information available on this site is for women facing immediate treatment, and those who may make the decision to undergo breast reconstruction some years after their mastectomy. We also realize that breast reconstruction may not be right for everyone, so we have offered alternatives to surgery, including prosthesis or nothing at all.