Studies show that most women who face mastectomy are uninformed about their post-surgery options, including breast reconstruction. And all too often, those who are told about reconstruction don’t know about all the options that are available to them, or the benefits and limitations of different reconstructive procedures.
National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day was established to educate and create awareness about post-mastectomy options. It’s a coordinated, national effort to provide the answers women need to make informed decisions regarding whether they should or shouldn’t have breast reconstruction, and if they do, what options and patient rights are available to them.
National BRA Day is a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast centers, corporate sponsors and breast cancer support groups around the country. These individuals and groups, along with breast cancer patients, coordinate events that include question-and-answer sessions, educational lectures, forums, and other activities and community events in support of breast reconstruction awareness. It’s also a great opportunity to meet and talk with women who have been through mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
This year, National BRA day falls on Saturday, October 15.
Click here to learn more about National BRA Day and find activities in different states (not all activities are listed here, so be sure to check your local breast cancer organizations as well). National BRA day in Canada is also held on October 15. You'll find additional information by searching Facebook for "BRA Day."