Breakthrough in breast prosthesis solves major barrier to comfort for women

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Over half of the 22,000 Canadian women diagnosed
with breast cancer every year choose not to have reconstructive surgery and
opt instead to wear a breast prosthesis.
    Thankfully, breast prosthesis have come a long way from bird seed bags or
pellets in socks that women resorted to 40 years ago. But even in recent
times, there have been challenges to the optimal comfort of women which is so
vital for their mental and physical wellbeing.
    "The two issues that affect women the most are the weight and heat
generated by the prosthesis," explains Vivian George, RN, who has worked with
women post-surgery for more than 16 years on behalf of Amoena, the world
pioneer in breast prosthesis.
    "Since 1984 we have succeeded in making breast forms that look and feel
natural to the touch," said George. "But only now do we have the technology
and materials to make a prosthesis that stays cool and is as light as women
    The advances in the breast forms are owed to nothing less than space
research. Technology created for making better space suits for astronauts has
been successfully adapted by Amoena. The new Comfort + breast form contains a
soft material that absorbs excess body heat from the chest wall, equalizing
the body temperature and keeping women cool when the temperature is hot, and
warm when the temperature is cold.
    "For women who are not having reconstructive surgery, this is a
breakthrough of enormous importance," says Vivian George. No one previously
could tell that a woman was wearing a prosthesis as they look and feel so
natural. Now, we have forms that adapt so harmoniously to the body that users
tell us they go through their days and nights, forgetting that they are even
wearing one.
    The Comfort + breast forms can be worn either in a pocketed bra or
directly adhered to the chest wall. Breast forms contain silicone, which makes
them flexible and soft to the touch.

    Amoena Canada, based in Mississauga, Ontario is a subsidiary of Amoena
Medizin-Orthopadie-Technik GmbH which is a European manufacturer dedicated to
providing a better quality of life for women following breast surgery.

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For further information: For interviews and more information, please
contact, Vivian George at: Amoena Canada Inc, Tel: (905) 826-9693 ext.4207

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