Social stigma attached to breast related disorders continuing
Dr. Sumita Shankar, popular breast sculptor and aesthetic breast surgeon, has strongly advocated that social stigma attached to breast related issues should be addressed effectively, particularly in young girls and newly-married women. She said that it was most challenging for parents, girls and women to discuss, share or seek solutions to breast related problems in the society and suggested going for medical and surgical interventions. Dr. Sumita addressed media conference here on Saturday in connection with her year-long Andhra Pradesh Breast Awareness Programme, a social responsibility initiative, during which breast related problems will be addressed. This programme was launched on March 8 this year, International Women’s Day, to next year on same date during which free consultation camps will be held in each district headquarters. She already held camps in Nizamabad, Warangal, Khammam and Karimnagar.
With 13 years of experience in breast surgeries, transplantation, plastic and reconstructive surgeries, Dr. Sumita got Fellowships from Centro Medico Teknon, Barcelona, Spain and Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, USA.
According to Dr. Sumita, there were 1,000 plastic surgeons in the country and not more than 200 breast surgery specialists in which there were only a few female plastic surgeons.
She said that there were a number of breast deformities in women and very few in men also. Replying to some of the questions, Dr. Sumita Sankar said that though the surgery cost was little high, she was doing it for very minimum fee. She admitted that there was a risk in every surgery including breast surgeries, but post-operative side effects can be easily tackled.
She suggested every newly-married woman to go for breast feeding without any apprehensions and warned that if any woman avoids breast feeding, there were more chances of breast cancer. She also recommended that it was best to use comfortable and branded bras for breasts to avoid sagging.