Did you know that custom breast prosthesis is one of the only body parts not covered by Medicare as a custom replacement? It is unacceptable that the women who choose to have a mastectomy, would not have this option available to them. As the number of women receiving mastectomies is expected to increase, it will become more and more crucial that women have more options available to them.
Breast prosthesis is only one option to replace the lost breast following a mastectomy, with another being breast reconstruction. However, not everyone may be a candidate for breast reconstruction for medical reasons, and this can be a very expensive and physically taxing procedure. A prosthesis is the fastest, most painless, and inexpensive way to fill the space where the breast was.
If women opt for off the shelf prosthesis, it may not match the size, shape, and/or skin tone of the remaining breast. No one body is the same and this is why breast cancer patients and survivors need access to custom breast prosthesis to help improve their quality of life!