BRA Day comes to London Oct. 15

Oct. 08, 2014

Participants will learn about the benefits of breast reconstruction post mastectomy directly from plastic surgeons and women who have had the surgery.

London, Ontario - London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London are presenting BRA Day (Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day) on Oct. 15 as part of a national campaign to promote education and awareness of the benefits of breast reconstruction post mastectomy.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, anyone who has been touched by breast cancer or wants to obtain more information about breast reconstruction is invited to:

  • learn about reconstruction options 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

The benefits of breast reconstruction extend far beyond the physical and practical ramifications, helping to restore emotional and psychological well-being, explains London plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Evans. “Yet seven out of 10 women undergoing mastectomy are not made aware of their reconstructive options and only one in five women who undergo mastectomy has reconstruction. BRA Day is an excellent opportunity for women to learn firsthand about what’s available and the difference it has made for others.”

BRA Day is a free event open to the public but pre-registration is required:

When: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Where: Shuttleworth Auditorium, St. Joseph Hospital, 268 Grosvenor St. (Closest entrance is Cheapside St. Entrance 4)

Registration: For the public, pre-registration is required:

Email: margo.bettger@sjhc.london.on.ca

Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 64782

To read about a special group of women whose members will be on hand to share their experiences at BRA Day, click here.

For media inquiries contact:

Dahlia Reich
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Communication & Public Affairs
519-646-6100 ext. 65294
Pager 10117
dahlia.reich@sjhc.london.on.ca

After-hours assistance: 

Call St. Joseph’s switchboard at 519-646-6100 and ask to page the communicator on-call. 

or

Kathy Leblanc
London Health Sciences Centre
Corporate Communications & Public Relations
519-685-8500 ext. 74772
Pager 14772
kathy.leblanc@lhsc.on.ca

Call LHSC Switchboard at 519-685-8500 and ask to page the communicator on-call.  www.lhsc.on.ca/media 

About London Health Sciences Centre

London Health Sciences Centre has been at the forefront of medicine in Canada for 139 years and offers the broadest range of specialized clinical services in Ontario. Building on the traditions of its founding hospitals to provide compassionate care in an academic teaching setting, London Health Sciences Centre is home to Children’s Hospital, University Hospital, Victoria Hospital, the Kidney Care Centre, two family medical centres, and two research institutes – Children’s Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. As a leader in medical discovery and health research, London Health Sciences Centre has a history of over 65 international and national firsts and attracts top clinicians and researchers from around the world. As a regional referral centre, London Health Sciences Centre cares for the most medically complex patients including critically injured adults and children in southwestern Ontario and beyond. The hospital’s nearly 15,000 staff, physicians, students and volunteers provide care for more than one million patient visits a year. For more information visit www.lhsc.on.ca.

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community-based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Hospital; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; Regional Mental Health Care London; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information, go to www.sjhc.london.on.ca.

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