Saturday, November 14, 2009

Socioeconomic Determinants of Breast Reconstruction

The article demonstrates a general correlation between socioeconimc status and the decision to undergo breast reconstruction post. Women who are less educated (high school diploma or less) showed a significant less percentage in reconstruction. Additionally, minority groups and patients who were unemployed showed a low percentage in the choice to undergo reconstruction.

The numbers show that reconstructive surgery is more a luxury for the elite. Femininity is often associated with the female breast, which begs the question: Should all women who undergo masectomy have the right to reconstruction? It seems unfair that surgery that can have such an impact on a woman's emotional state and quality of life should in fact be an achievable technology. In order to tip this scale, either governement funds or insurance need to begin absorbing some of the cost. Women should have the right to choose.

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