Expert Talks Breasts and Angelina Jolie
By JJ Marise
Philadelphia, PA (Hollywood Today) 6/4/13 – “On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity,” says Angelina Jolie.
In her New York Times op-ed article ‘My Medical Choice,’ the Oscar-winning actress shared her personal story about the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy, serving as a source of hope for many women. In response to her story, expert cosmetic breast surgeon Dr. Ted Eisenberg is stressing the importance of breast health awareness for women.
“I’m grateful that Angelina Jolie is using her celebrity status to bring breast health awareness to women – to let them know they have choices and that the experience doesn’t have to be so daunting,” says Dr. Eisenberg. “In my experience, not every woman chooses to have reconstruction after mastectomy like she did, but my patients were always happy to know that it was an option, if and when they were ready.”
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of patients choosing breast reconstruction
surgery has increased by 16% from 2000-2012, with 91,655 procedures performed alone in 2012.
“The importance of breast health is a conversation everyone should be having and is an issue that’s long been on my mind. My wife’s mother died at age 34, when Joyce was just 8 years old – well before mammograms and chemotherapy and genetic testing were routine,” says Dr. Eisenberg.
Dr. Eisenberg is also the co-author of The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths, which hits stores today. The mult-award-winning book, which he co-authored with his wife Joyce, reveals intimate facts about breasts and breast health in an amusing yet informative fashion. The authors debunk other fallacies, including one that says you cannot get a mammogram if you have breast implants and also answer hundreds of patient questions about breast health, breast implants and breast development. (http://thescooponbreasts.com)
In his ongoing commitment to women in their fight against breast cancer, Dr. Eisenberg donates a portion of the proceeds from his cosmetic breast surgery cases to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation, whose core program is to provide free mammograms for women with little or no medical insurance. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. (http://www.lindacreed.org)
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