Negative Effects of Obesity May Include Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Obesity PreventionHealth and wellness is an important part of my practice and my recommendation as a plastic surgeonPlastic surgery can enhance a person’s body aesthetically, but without proper diet and exercise, the surgical results can be compromised.  Obesity can negatively affect many people’s lives by worsening (and sometimes causing) health problems and diseases.  In fact, new research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (American Association for Cancer Journal) shows that obesity may even increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer.

As a plastic surgeon who offers breast reconstruction surgery for breast cancer patients after mastectomy, I’m all-too familiar with the disease and the toll it takes on patients.  Triple-negative breast cancer accounts for 10 to 20 percent of all breast cancers and is particularly hard to treat.  The results of the study showed that women with a higher BMI (body mass index) more frequently developed triple-negative breast cancer and estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer than those women who lived physically active lives (and had a lower BMI).

Getting down to an appropriate, healthy weight can be challenging and frustrating.  Plastic surgery is never an excuse to forego proper diet and exercise, but it can help you achieve your desired results.  Body contouring, or liposuction procedures, can help remove stubborn areas of fat that just won’t respond to diet or exercise.  Liposuction can be performed in almost any area you have concentrated, excess fat stored (i.e.- flanks, hips, abdomen, back, legs, thighs, arms, neck, buttocks).

Fat can stretch the skin, which means that after weight is lost, the skin may sag instead of bouncing back like it once did, especially in cases where a significant amount of weight is lost.  When this occurs, body lift procedures may be performed to excise the excess skin while tightening the surrounding tissues and muscles.  Tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a partial body lift procedure that tightens skin and tissue in the abdominal region.  Post bariatric, or post weight loss patients may also benefit from arm lift, thigh lift, or even a complete body lift.

As previously stated, plastic surgery should never replace traditional diet and exercise routines, but can aid you in maintaining a pleasing aesthetic once you’ve done your part to live healthily.  You can find plenty of helpful information in the health and wellness section of my blog, including healthy recipes, fat fighter tips, and health focused blogs.  My goal is to educate my patients on overall wellness and its role in plastic surgery recovery and results. For more information on the plastic surgery procedures I perform, visit my website and keep reading my blog.

The Sport of Giving Helps Give Local Atlanta Women Access to Breast Cancer Diagnoses

As an active board member and medical director for The Sport of Giving, Dr. Whiteman is committed to supporting breast cancer care and prevention in the local Atlanta community. The Sport of Giving, a nonprofit that raises money for women’s cancer care and prevention in local communities around the nation, was founded in north metro Atlanta, and has since risen over $1.2 million dollars for the local Atlanta community.

It is the goal of The Sport of Giving to raise funds for local programs and medical equipment needed to allow women access to the very best medical care, support, education, and cancer prevention. What makes them different than other breast cancer and women’s cancer organizations is that ALL of the money raised goes towards the local community in which it was raised.

One such local initiative that The Sport of Giving took on for the Duluth, GA community was funding a diagnostic mammography center biopsy program at Gwinnett Medical Center, Duluth. Since the program’s inception last May, 215 patients have been examined and 38 women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. That is 215 women who are taking a more active role in their health and 38 women that have caught breast cancer earlier than they otherwise might have without these diagnostic resources.

With the assistance of The Sport of Giving’s fund raising efforts and the generosity of donors/event participants, you can see for yourselves the very important role we are playing in the community and the impact our efforts have had. For any nonprofit/volunteer organization, it is important that people know exactly where and to whom their money, time, and hard work is going towards. It gives them motivation to continue giving, and puts faces to the cause.

If you are looking for a way to start your involvement with The Sport of Giving, you can start by attending Pink in the Rink – a Gwinnet Gladiators hockey game where they dye the ice pink and raise money for breast cancer organizations, including The Sport of Giving. To find out more information, visit Southern Plastic Surgery’s facebook fan page and click on the Pink in the Rink event page posted on his wall! We hope you will answer “attending”! You can also call (770.622.9100) or email Dr. Whiteman’s office for more information.

Visit www.thesportofgiving.org for more ways you can get involved.