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To eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

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PROSTHESES

A breast prosthesis is an artificial breast-shaped form that can be worn under clothing after a mastectomy.

Find out if your insurance company covers the cost of prostheses and/or specialty clothing. In most cases you must have a prescription from your doctor.

Comfort and fit should be uppermost in your mind. A prosthesis cannot be returned, so make an appointment with a specialist who is trained to fit women who have had breast surgery.

Before making an appointment, ask:

What specific types of products do they carry?
• Do they do in-home fittings, and is there a fee?
• Will the fittings be done in a private setting?
• Do they require up-front payment, or will they bill my insurance company?
• How much time does the appointment take?
• How long before the prosthesis is available?
• How often should the prosthesis be replaced?

(refer to Agencies and Resource Section for more information)