Imagine living life believing there are no options following a mastectomy for breast cancer.
Unfortunately, this is a reality for the 70% of women that are not informed about their options
regarding breast reconstruction. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic
Surgery Foundation named the third Wednesday of October national BRA Day USA, or Breast
Reconstruction Awareness Day. This initiative was designed to promote education, awareness
and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction is important for many reasons. It gives women closure from their experience with breast cancer. Following reconstruction, women do not have a constant reminder of breast cancer in the form of a mastectomy scar and defect. Most importantly, it helps women maintain their body image and feel “whole” again. In essence, breast reconstruction can close the loop on breast cancer for many women.
Breast cancer survivors who opt for reconstruction often describe the choice as restorative and
empowering. Many women view it as a significant step in putting cancer behind them. All women should be aware of all existing options so they can make an informed decision about a truly deep personal choice. As a result of lack of education, patients often receive a limited treatment plan that deprives them of the quality outcome they deserve. That is why we are asking for your help to raise awareness for breast reconstruction at our annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness day in Pittsburgh, PA as well as all surrounding communities in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West Virginia.
Breast reconstruction can be life changing. Our goal is to educate the community on the options and benefits of breast reconstruction.