Web Log – October 2011 – Television, Komen / Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and ASPS Meeting

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KTVB – 7 has begun a “HealthSmart” segment weekday mornings on their Channel 28 – 24/7 local news.  Each day, a local doctor representing a particular area of interest (such as women’s health, men’s health, etc.) will address viewer directed questions.  I will be appearing every Tuesday morning between 7:30 to 7:45 to answer Plastic Surgery questions for three to five minutes.  Tune in to watch – or cringe – as the case may be.

I have been asked to serve a two year term on the local Komen Boise affiliate Board of Directors.  I recently went to my first meeting and was amazed at what happens to all of those race donations and the sophistication of the organization.  Komen is very efficient; 75% of the money collected stays local and goes to missions such as breast cancer education and screening in under served areas of our state.  Did you know that despite all the dedicated effort,  Idaho ranks very last in the nation for the percentage of women getting mammograms?  Remember that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encourage the women you know over 40 to get their screening mammogram.

In September, I traveled to Denver to attend the American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting.  Fat grafting for the face and breast was a very popular topic.  There are some really interesting techniques which are not quite mainstream yet, but look promising.  I was taught that you never want to be the first or the last to do a procedure so that you protect your patients while still offering up to date care.  With that in mind, we get a number of calls about Plastic Surgery… um… down there, so I will be offering Labioplasty.  Women seek surgery to address enlargement and asymmetry problems. The procedure has been performed by gynecologists for years, but more and more plastic surgeons are applying our techniques to the area with nice results.

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