Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (after skin cancer), yet less than half of American women are offered the option of breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Likewise, less than 25% of women are provided information on ALL breast reconstruction options available to them.
BRA Day’s primary mission aims to change these statistics! The annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is celebrated on October 21st this year. According to the Plastic Surgery Foundation, the purpose of this day is to “educate, engage and empower women to make the decision that is best for them following a diagnosis with breast cancer. That involves informing women, family members, caregivers and the media that the breast cancer loop remains open until a woman is informed of breast reconstruction options.”
The mission of BRA Day is very much aligned with Breast Advocate’s! Co-created by leading specialists and patient advocates, Breast Advocate is a free breast cancer app that provides evidence-based information and treatment recommendations, personalized for users. These recommendations include a vast amount of information on ALL breast surgery options, including all types of reconstruction, and the option of no reconstruction. With the personalized information in a patients hand, it is our hope to empower individuals to have the conversation they want to have with their medical team.
In honor of BRA Day, Breast Advocate founder Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo joined BRCA Strong to discuss breast reconstruction options available to women and men today. Watch it below: