DETROIT – BRA Day may not exactly be what you’re thinking.
“BRA” is for Breast Reconstruction Awareness, a day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month designated to educate women about the surgical reconstruction options available to breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy or lumpectomy.
In recognition BRA Day, Henry Ford Health System will host a free breast reconstruction seminar from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Demonstration Kitchen at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, located at 6777 W. Maple Rd.
“Not every woman who undergoes mastectomy or lumpectomy for the treatment of breast cancer will want to have breast reconstruction surgery – but every women is legally entitled to be informed of her reconstruction options,” says Dunya Atisha, M.D., director of breast reconstruction and microvascular surgery at Henry Ford.
Building awareness around breast reconstruction options is the driving force behind BRA Day, created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation.
Federal law now mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if such reconstruction is delayed until after other treatments. Under this law, all women who are candidates for breast reconstruction should be made aware of the options available to them in a safe and timely manner.
Henry Ford’s BRA Day seminar on Oct. 18 will feature presentations from Dr. Atisha and Henry Ford plastic surgeons Donna Tepper, M.D., and Vigen Darian, M.D., about the various breast reconstruction options available, including reconstruction at the same time as breast cancer surgery.
The seminar will also include a panel discussion with Henry Ford breast cancer patients, who will detail their experience and decision to undergoing reconstructive surgery, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.
Register and learn more about the BRA Day seminar.
Krista Hopson Boyer