Event planned in London to mark National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day on Wednesday
London Community News
London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London are bringing BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day to London. The national campaign promotes education and awareness of the benefits of breast reconstruction post mastectomy.
On Wednesday (Oct. 17) anyone who has been touched by breast cancer or wants to obtain more information about breast reconstruction is invited to:
• learn about reconstruction options from plastic surgeons;
• hear from women who have undergone the surgery; and
• discover the “Circle of Sharing”, a unique support group that helps women who have undergone breast reconstruction reclaim wholeness.
“Breast reconstruction is an option available to most women confronted with the physical changes following mastectomy yet many are not aware of the options,” said plastic surgeon Dr. Brian Evans in a news release. “While it’s considered elective surgery, undergoing breast reconstruction can have profound emotional and practical benefits.”
National BRA Day, which began in 2011, is a collaborative effort that includes plastic surgeons specializing in breast surgery, nurse specialists, social workers, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast cancer support groups and others. This year, it’s being held across Canada and in more than 25 countries.
In London, BRA Day will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shuttleworth Auditorium, St. Joseph Hospital (268 Grosvenor St.). There will be presentations by Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. Chris Scilley on breast reconstruction options; patient stories; and a Circle of Sharing.
Pre-registration is required by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 519-646-6100, ext. 64782. For more information on BRA Day, go to www.bra-day.com