While we try to educate our patients year round, October is a special reminder for us to reinforce and redouble our efforts to increase awareness about breast cancer.
Houston, TX (Vocus) October 8, 2010
The National Institute of Cancer estimates 207,090 new cases of breast cancer will be identified in the United States in 2010; meaning without the development of a clear cure for the disease, 13% of women born today will be affected by breast cancer. This October is the 26th annual celebration of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and Dr. Sam Sukkar says he and his Houston breast reconstruction patients are supporting the NBCAM message of awareness, education, and empowerment to fight the disease in the present to protect the young women of the future. “While we try to educate our patients year round, October is a special reminder for us to reinforce and redouble our efforts to increase awareness about breast cancer.”
While Dr. Sukkar is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for performing aesthetic enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation in Houston, he says his main concern is patient-focused care. He and the NBCAM organization stress the need for routine mammograms and self-examinations, as well as the need to remain aware of the symptoms of the disease. Dr. Sukkar reminds his patients that the individual is the first line of defense against breast cancer, both aesthetically speaking and in regards to survival rates. “Early detection from a reconstruction standpoint makes the end result more realistic, not to mention the better prognosis typically seen in patients from a survival standpoint.”
As part of the best preventative practices, Dr. Sukkar and the NBCAM organization say women need to be aware of their family history and how it has been affected by breast cancer. In addition to learning about how the disease affects women of their race and ethnicity, all women should maintain a healthy weight and limit alcohol consumption. While concentrating on these areas of awareness and prevention cannot guarantee a cancer-free life, statistics show they can greatly reduce an individual’s chance of developing the disease.
NCI estimated that as of January 1, 2007, there were 2,591,855 women in the U. S. alive today who had a history of breast cancer. With expanding research and technologically advancing treatment methods, this number is expected to increase as survival rates continue to improve. Dr. Sukkar says that while breast reconstruction may be required following a mastectomy, which typically includes a combination of procedures for breast surgery in Houston, the process of reconstruction can help a woman heal both physically and psychologically. He adds that the gratitude these patients express is heartfelt and makes him glad that his practice concentrates on this very important part of plastic surgery in Houston, and around the world. As Dr. Sukkar and his patients celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, he says he remains dedicated to empowering women across the nation.
About Dr. Sukkar
Dr. Sam Sukkar received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Hermann Hospital, and his plastic surgery residency at Northwestern University. Dr. Sukkar has published on a broad range of topics in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and regularly attends continuing education courses and industry-related conferences to ensure he remains at the cutting-edge of plastic surgery technology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and is affiliated with the American Medical Association, the Harris County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association, among many others.
Dr. Sukkar’s Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa is located at 1616 Clear Lake City Blvd. Ste. 102, in Houston, TX77062, and can be reached at (281) 990-8487 or http://www.drsukkar.com/ .