Throughout my tenure as a board-certified plastic surgeon at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C., I have been extremely fortunate to work with many exceptional patients and a team of dedicated physicians. I have always been passionate about sharing the latest cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery advancements and research breakthroughs that are constantly improving the care we are able to provide our patients. My hope for this brand new blog is to be able to share my thoughts on subjects I feel most passionate about and to stay connected to my patients not just inside my office but on the outside as well.
Breast cancer research and education is one such subject that is very dear to me. Having performed breast reconstruction since 1982, I believe any knowledge I can pass along to my patients can serve as an added resource and help them make informed decisions as it pertains to breast cancer. Over the years, there has been a tremendous amount of research conducted to finding similar genetic traits among patients with breast cancer and those who are at risk of developing the disease.
As we continue our efforts to find a cure for breast cancer, we are working diligently to determine a cause. We know that certain genetic mutations can place women at increased risk for developing breast cancer. The BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes discovered in the 1990’s place women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Another gene has recently been found that is associated with increased breast cancer risk. The PALB2 gene mutation can lead to a 35% increased chance of developing breast cancer: this gene mutation may be named ‘BRAC3.’ This effort is a small step in the unrelenting effort to find a cure for breast cancer.
This is just a teaser of the wide-range of inspiring medical topics I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you. We always maintain an open door policy and encourage you to contact me, Dr. Philip Beegle, if you’re ever in the neighborhood and would like to catch up, introduce yourself or have any questions you would like answered! You can always stay connected by following my team on Facebook and we look forward to sharing more exciting news and updates over the upcoming months.