After a woman undergoes a mastectomy, she may consider breast reconstruction surgery. It is a difficult decision to make, and it takes time and deliberation to determine if the procedure is right for you. However, if you’ve spoken to your board certified plastic surgeon and you feel like you’re ready for the procedure, here are a few things you should know to prepare for the surgery and the possible outcomes.
More than a third of U.S. women who carry the genetic mutation that significantly increases the risk of breast cancer are choosing to have double mastectomies. Of those women, 70% are choosing to have both breasts removed following a cancer diagnosis as a preventive measure, even when there is no medical reason to do so, according to a 2012 study by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Study.
Casting a much-needed spotlight on post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, October 17, 2012 has been named the first Annual National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, appropriately called National BRA Day.
Launched by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation, the purpose of National BRA Day is to educate people about breast reconstruction, raise research funds, and improve access to breast reconstruction for women who have undergone a mastectomy. Award-winning singer-songwriter Jewel, a dedicated breast cancer advocate, has agreed to serve as the national spokesperson for breast reconstruction and will be touring the country in the coming months to raise awareness of breast reconstruction.