Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Robert Aycock, MD Strongly Supports New Legislation to Ensure Women are Aware of All Breast Cancer Treatment and Insurance Options
Greenbrae, CA – September 24, 2013
Robert Aycock, MD, FACS Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Marin County, CA, announced his strong support of the “Breast Cancer Patient Education Act”that requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform women of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options.
The Secretary may develop information for distribution or may identify information prepared by other organizations. The educational materials would inform women that breast reconstruction is possible at the time of breast cancer surgery, it may be delayed until after other treatments, or they may choose not to have reconstruction and be informed of the availability of prostheses or breast forms. Also, educational materials would inform breast cancer patients that federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction, even if such reconstruction is delayed until after other treatments.
“Every woman in the United States should be educated on the post-mastectomy options available to them to improve their quality of life after breast cancer. The “Breast Cancer Patient Education Act” assures that education and I support it wholeheartedly, especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month” reported Robert Aycock, MD.
The American Cancer Society reported on September 17, 2013 “The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.”
Dr. Aycock will hold free public educational events to discuss breast reconstruction options and breast health in general. A representative from Allergan, makers of silicon and saline breast implants, will be on hand with implant samples to help women see results they could expect. Attendees will learn about self-breast examination from a non-profit organization called CYB, who promotes self-examination as a way to aid in early cancer detection.
Marin County event is October 16, from 4:30-6:30 pm and is free to the public. Refreshments will be served and attendees will receive goody bags, courtesy of MyBody. Ten percent of skincare sales from the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society. It will be held at Aycock Plastic & Reconstruction Surgery Center at 575 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, CA. Call (415) 460-7995 or visit www.AycockMD.com.
East Bay event is October 15, from 12:00-2:00 pm and is free to the public. Lunch will be served and attendees will receive goody bags, courtesy of MyBody. It will be held at Aycock Plastic & Reconstruction Surgery Center at 1855 San Miguel Drive, Suite 4 in Walnut Creek, CA. Call (925) 727-3337 or visit www.AycockMD.com.