I can't believe it's October 1!
Fall is in full swing.
We are approaching the 1 year mark for the emergence of Covid in China. It's hard to believe that this virus has haunted us for almost a year. Fortunately, the Covid situation appears stable in SC.
Yesterday saw 197 new cases according to DHEC, the lowest number in quite some time. The death curve is declining, and hospital utilization is holding steady. So I have decided to focus some attention on some other topics and to stir up some excitement for Halloween haunts!
October 1st ushers in the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every life lost is too much, and while Covid has impacted the nation, breast cancer still is a leading cause of death among women. In fact, 1 out of every 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. It is important to undergo yearly mammogram screening, and my office is here to assist you in scheduling that mammogram.
While many of you know that I perform many breast reductions, you may not know that breast reduction surgery actually reduces the chances of developing breast cancer. If breast reduction surgery is something that you have been considering to address your back, neck, and shoulder pain, the decrease in breast cancer risk is another incentive to have the reduction surgery! PASS IT ON LADIES!
I also want to take a brief moment to talk about breast implants (though more info to come in future blogs).
In recent years there has been a lot of talk about the safety of breast implants. Breast implants have not been linked to breast cancer, but they have been linked to a kind of lymphoma called BIALCL.
In fact, 2 days ago the FDA issued new recommendations for implants which included guidelines for radiological follow up for implants.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to answer any questions surrounding breast augmentation, we are offering free evaluations for those who already have or are desiring cosmetic breast implants.
To show our support for breast cancer awareness, we will be making a donation to the
Susan G. Komen Foundation. We are big fans of a cream called Dermafacs. Its uses are numerous from cosmetic concerns to healing of radiation burns from cancer treatment. It is a great post-laser cream, is beneficial for scars, and also helps wounds heal. 10% of the sales of Dermafacs this month will go to Komen.
Also, we have tried to get the word out over the last year that Leah specializes in permanent makeup, which is a tattooing technique.
I hope you enjoyed today's blog. I will try to pass along pertinent Covid information as the situation dictates, but will plan to spend this month focusing on women's health and breast cancer questions. Upcoming topics will include more information on breast implants (as I mentioned above), breast lifts, and breast reconstruction techniques, including fat grafting.
Also, keep a lookout for upcoming Halloween specials.
Have a great day!
Dr. Heidi Williams