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Plastic surgeon helps women regain their spirit after breast cancer diagnosis

A breast cancer diagnosis can make a huge impact on a woman's well-being, and that includes her spirit. Luckily, one plastic surgeon is trying to change that.

Dr Renato Saltz, who practices in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, developed the Image Reborn Foundation 11 years ago. Since then, he has helped around 1,500 women attend a retreat where they can find comfort, support and respite in the wake of such shocking news.

"As a plastic surgeon, I can reconstruct a woman's breast and make it look very natural," said Saltz, "but there's more to feeling 'whole' again than just the physical aspect."

At the retreat, women can attend support groups, get nutrition advice and be treated to a bunch of massages, all at no cost to them.

"A lot of what these patients need is to reconnect with themselves, and sometimes this is easier in a supportive group setting among people who understand what the cancer experience is like," Saltz said.

According to the American Cancer Society, every woman over the age of 40 should undergo a yearly mammogram.
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