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October 19: Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day – What You Need To Know

woman check her chest with prevention breast cancer1 Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) takes place the third Wednesday of October every year.   This year marks the 11th anniversary of the special day.  We can do a lot to help women who require either full or partial mastectomies, and this day helps raise awareness of breast reconstruction.

BRA Day is important for all women – whether they have undergone a mastectomy or not. It’s a day to educate and empower women about their breast reconstruction options

If you or someone you know requires a mastectomy or even a partial mastectomy, reconstruction is an option.  Here are some things you need to know.

What is Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, and Why is It Important? 

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) is an annual event; this year it’s on October 19th.  It aims to raise awareness about the importance of breast reconstruction.  Women who require complete or even partial mastectomies sometimes may feel incomplete.  Breast reconstruction can help make these women feel whole again.

BRA Day was started in 2011 by Dr. Mitchell Brown, a plastic surgeon in Toronto. Since then the event has grown every year, with dozens of hospitals and medical centers worldwide participating.

Why is BRA Day important? Breast reconstruction is a life-changing procedure for many women. It is an essential step in the journey of many breast cancer survivors. By raising awareness about the importance of breast reconstruction, we can help more women get the treatment they need and deserve.

What Are Some Common Misconceptions About Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure to restore the shape of the breasts after a mastectomy. It involves using either implants or the patient’s tissue.

Despite how common breast reconstruction has become, there are still some misconceptions about it. Here are a few of the most common:

1. Reconstruction is only for women who have had a mastectomy due to cancer.  That’s not true.  Many women who have a strong family history of breast cancer also elect to undergo mastectomies to reduce their risk of developing it.  Reconstruction is commonly done for this group of women as well.

2. Breast reconstruction is not covered by insurance.  In fact, almost every insurance carrier covers breast reconstruction.

3. Reconstruction is a one-time surgery.  In many cases, at least two procedures are required to help achieve a more ideal outcome.

4. Breast reconstruction is only for women who require complete removal of a breast.  That used to be true.  Today, however, breast reconstruction may be a good option for a woman who only requires removal of part of a breast.  Sometimes tissue can be rearranged within the breast to make the breast look very good.

Contact Us To Schedule A Visit

Visit Kelly R. Kunkel in Forth Worth, TX, if you’re considering breast reconstruction surgery. Contact us at 817-335-5200.

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