Deborah Holmes-Young is a member of The American Association of Breast Care Professionals (AABCP). The American Association of Breast Care Professionals is a national professional organization dedicated to the recognition and advancement of the various professions that serve the Breast Care Industry. The first of its kind, the organization recognizes and promotes the provision of professional information, recognition of quality standards for education, certification and career opportunities for all practitioners that provide breast care services including physicians, nurses, certified mastectomy fitters, certified mammogram technicians, and cancer related clinical specialists.
In addition, AABCP through its PAC and grass roots efforts advocates for legislative issues, both State and Federal that support the professional caregivers of the Breast Care Industry.
A Few Facts
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and the second leading cause of death in this country. It is the leading cause of death in women aged 40 – 55 years. Every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. An estimated 200,000 new cases of breast cancer in women are diagnosed annually and 43,000 will die from the disease.
Breast Cancer while treatable, often results in surgical removal of one or both breasts: a mastectomy. Once performed restoration of anatomical symmetry is accomplished by either reconstructive surgery or a post-mastectomy fitting of the appropriate silicone breast form. Size and shape are only a few of the factors considered when fitting a form. A misfit form can result in health concerns ranging from headaches, backaches to more severe and chronic health issues. A Certified Mastectomy fitter ensures appropriate training and education; providing the best possible and most symmetrical fit for a breast cancer survivor or elective post-mastectomy client.