Is breast reconstruction right for you?

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day takes place Oct. 21

August 20, 2015

Every year across Canada, thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo surgery, yet many are not aware of the options for breast reconstruction.


Only one in five women who undergo mastectomy have reconstruction despite the emotional, physical and practical benefits the surgery is known to have. 


On October 21 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, anyone who has been touched by breast cancer or wants more information about breast reconstruction is invited Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day, an informative evening that allows women to:

• learn about reconstruction options directly from plastic surgeons

• hear from women who have undergone the surgery

• view real results first hand in the women’s only ‘show and tell lounge’

• discover the “Circle of Sharing”, a unique support group that helps women who have  undergone breast reconstruction reclaim wholeness


Presented jointly by St. Joseph’s Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre, BRA Day is a national campaign to promote education, awareness and access for women who may wish to consider post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.


“Whether you have had a mastectomy a year ago or 10 years ago, or perhaps you have breast surgery scheduled, you are invited to learn if breast reconstruction is right for you from some of London’s leading plastic surgeons, as well those who have lived the experience,” says Margo Bettger Hahn, clinical nurse specialists with St. Joseph’s Breast Care Program.


A unique and popular feature of the event in London is the Show and Tell lounge where women who have had the surgery are available to answer questions, share their experience and show their results. 


BRA Day is free but registration is required. Online registration is now open.