Women across the state of New York may be tipping their hat to Governor David Patterson and the new bill he just signed. From this point forward, it's mandatory for all hospitals in the Empire state to provide breast cancer patients with information about reconstructive surgery.
The initiative is designed to help those from impoverished backgrounds who are fighting the disease enjoy a higher quality of life.
"Breast reconstruction has been repeatedly shown to improve the quality of life and overall well-being of women who have been treated for breast cancer," said Dr Evan Garfein, a surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center and author of the bill.
Garfein points to several reasons for these women not electing to undergo reconstructive surgery. For example, some are not even aware of the procedure, while others do not know if their insurance provider covers medical expenses associated with it.
According to the National Library of Medicine
, breast reconstruction is often completed in several different steps. The type of reconstruction also depends on one's body type, cancer treatment and age.