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Better inform breast cancer patients

MONTREAL | More than 350 women attended Wednesday night at the CHUM Research Center, an information briefing on the various options available to them for breast cancer.

The evening involved addressing textured implant problems that are suspected to have caused some cancers that have made headlines in recent months.

"We want to reassure patients. Scientific research continues. We want to provide them with all the possible information about the options, with the risks and complications of each. Each patient chooses his or her surgery," said plastic surgeon Joseph Bou-Mehri.

"There have been several problems with implants, including lymphoma. There have been 26 cases in Canada and around 600 in the rest of the world."

Eight thousand Quebec women implant their breasts annually, whether for aesthetic or medical reasons.

Investments in research

A patient from the hospital came to testify about her fight and also asked for more metastatic cancer research.

"Unfortunately, the resources are very low. I fight for these women. What I would like to do is invest more in research on metastatic cancer," said Patricia Estephan.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

In Quebec, about 6,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Of the number, about one-fourth require a total mastectomy.

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