BRA DAY: Closing the Loop on Breast Cancer
BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day USA is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. It is an event that occurs annually in October, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is designed to “close the loop” on breast cancer.
2013 marked the second year for BRA Day in the U.S., and the theme for the year was the “Team Approach” to breast cancer care, something that is particularly meaningful to Martha Jefferson Hospital. This theme emphasizes the need for all breast cancer care physicians to work together to provide the patient with the best treatment plan, which occurs at Martha Jefferson through our weekly Cancer Conference as well as our close proximity to one another that allows a quick conversation in our offices to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not aware of their options, however. Studies have revealed that:
Less than a quarter of women (23%) know the full range of breast reconstruction options available
Only 22% of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected
Only 19% of women understanding that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction impacts their options and results
At Martha Jefferson Cancer Care Center we believe women should be able to make fully informed decisions, and that is why we support BRA Day USA .
if you have questions about breast reconstruction or ask your physician for more information.