Is breast reconstruction right for you?

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day takes place Oct. 21 at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Register now for this free event - BRA Day 2015

Every year across Canada, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo surgery, yet many are not aware of the options for breast reconstruction. 

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Only one in five women who undergo mastectomy have reconstruction despite the emotional, physical and practical benefits the surgery is known to have.  

On October 21 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, anyone who has been touched by breast cancer or wants more information about breast reconstruction is invited Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day, an informative evening that allows women to:

  • learn about reconstruction options directly from plastic surgeons 
  • hear from women who have undergone the surgery
  • view real results first hand in the women’s only ‘show and tell lounge’
  • discover the “Circle of Sharing”, a unique support group that helps women who have  undergone breast reconstruction reclaim wholeness

“Whether you have had a mastectomy a year ago or 10 years ago, or perhaps you have breast surgery scheduled, you are invited to learn if breast reconstruction is right for you from some of London’s leading plastic surgeons, as well those who have lived the experience,” says Margo Bettger Hahn, clinical nurse specialists with St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program. 

Presented jointly by St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre, BRA Day is a national campaign to promote education, awareness and access for women who may wish to consider post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. 

A unique and popular feature of the event in London is the Show and Tell lounge where women who have had the surgery are available to answer questions, share their experience and show their results.  

BRA Day is free but registration is required. Online registration is now open.

What is breast reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to recreate all or part of a breast that has been removed by mastectomy. A breast can be reconstructed with an implant, the woman’s own body tissue, or a combination of an implant and body tissue. Most women who are having or have had a mastectomy are candidates for breast reconstruction. Women who have had a lumpectomy may also have options for reconstructing partial breast defects.

Find more information on what’s involved in breast reconstruction, what the new breast will look and feel like, when can surgery be performed, and much more.

Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support

Willow Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support is the national coordinator of BRA Day and is committed to promoting breast reconstruction education, awareness and access. Willow is a national-not-for-profit organization that provides free support, insight and information to anyone affected by breast cancer or hereditary cancer, including those at high risk. The organization endeavours to ensure that no one, from the individual diagnosed to their family and caregivers, needs to face it alone.

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