Message from the President, Association of Breast Surgery, United Kingdom
Greetings from the Association of Breast Surgery in the UK
As President of the Association of Breast Surgery it is my great pleasure and privilege to partner with the Association of Breast Surgeons of India for your 10th Annual Conference in Hyderabad (ABSICON2022). There are strong links between breast surgery in India and the UK and we hope that this conference will further build and strengthen these links.
Breast cancer survival has doubled since I was a medical student, and breast surgery, breast radiology, radiotherapy and systemic therapy have changed out of all recognition.
Breast surgery that started as a side interest in general surgery has developed in to a complex and vibrant bespoke specialty with a large portfolio of technical procedures delivering better outcomes for those diagnosed with breast cancer. De-escalation is providing better results, with less morbidity but the same or better long-term survival. There is less axillary clearance, while a combination of more neo adjuvant therapy, and more therapeutic mammoplasties and local flaps are very markedly reducing the proportion of patients requiring mastectomy.
With evidence emerging that survival is better in those having breast conservation rather than mastectomy.