|Breast-prosthesis scanner technology. Photographs courtesy of the American Association of Breast Care
One in eight.
By now, that statistic is all too familiar: according to the 2009 American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop breast cancer. However, through a battery of treatments, including various types of surgical mastectomy, targeted chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted biotherapy, radiation, and customized nutrition, 89 percent of the 200,000 women and 77 percent of the 2,000 men diagnosed this year with breast cancer will call themselves survivors. And as the survival rate steadily rises, the need for post-breast-cancer and post-mastectomy products, treatments, and services become increasingly necessary to enhance quality of survivorship and of life.