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 of BRA Day on Oct. 16, Henry Ford Cancer Institute will host several free breast reconstruction seminars this month:
“Many women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy are generally unaware of the reconstruction options that are available,” says Dunya Atisha, M.D., director of breast reconstruction and microvascular surgery at Henry Ford. “Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day aims to put an end to that unknown by helping to promote public education, patient care and research.”
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 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 seminars will feature presentations from Henry Ford plastic surgeons Dunya Atisha, M.D., Donna Tepper, M.D., Maristella Evangelista, M.D., and Daniel Yoho, M.D. about the various breast reconstructive options available for lumpectomy and mastectomy, including reconstruction at the same time as breast cancer surgery.
The seminar will also include a panel discussion with breast cancer survivors, who will detail their experience and decision to undergoing reconstructive surgery, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided.
The seminars are free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit henryford.com/breasthealthevents.
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