Reconstruction Surgery After Mastectomy More Popular

The number of women who opt for breast reconstruction after mastectomy has skyrocketed 65 percent in five years. According to a report published Tuesday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the rate of women 18 and older opting for breast reconstruction from 2009 to 2014 increased from 21.7 per 100,000 to 35.1 per 100,000. Though the report doesn’t explain the reason behind the trend, Anne Elixhauser, senior scientist at AHRQ and coauthor of the paper, says a number of factors may be influencing why more women...

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