Becoming a breast surgeon
What does it take and how do you go about it? Timothy Brock and colleagues describe the path in the UK
- By: Timothy M Brock, Xanthe M Barkla, Mike Dixon
One in nine women are diagnosed as having breast cancer. A further one in three women will visit a breast clinic for a variety of reasons at some stage in their lives. As a result, there is a huge demand for breast surgeons in the UK. Currently there are about 450 general surgeons who specialise in breast surgery in England. The career is busy and challenging but can be immensely rewarding.
A breast surgeon is a key member of the multidisciplinary team engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease. Most work is in the diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic and screen detected breast cancer. It is a subspecialty that is becoming more and more technically challenging—not only is the focus on excising smaller and smaller amounts of breast tissue but breast surgeons have to offer an excellent aesthetic result. As a result, many breast surgeons