Association of Breast Surgery
The ABS is a charitable organisation dedicated to setting and advancing standards in breast care and breast surgery, including cosmetic (aesthetic) breast surgery. Their work ranges from breast diagnostic clinics, where any woman or man who has a breast concern can be seen and assessed, through to complex oncoplastic breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction.
The Association’s membership includes surgeons and nurse specialists, as well as other members of the wider breast care team, all of whom have expertise in the diagnosis and management of breast conditions, in particular breast cancer. Their members work in the UK, Ireland and worldwide.
The ABS wants to ensure that any individual with a breast problem receives the very best possible care. They aim to achieve this by providing ongoing specialist breast education and training to allow ABS members to remain up-to-date with the latest research developments, new treatments and surgical techniques. They also encourage best practice by working with NICE, the CQC and other associations and charities interested in breast care, to develop clinical guidelines based on high quality research recommendations from around the world. In addition, they drive up standards and reduce regional variations in care by regularly auditing the performance of individuals and breast teams. Their meetings and conferences promote good practice through information sharing and networking.