Sunday, October 14, 2012


Breast reconstruction after mastectomy may not be your personal choice- but we believe you should be informed of your options. Did you know that  7 out of 10 women eligible for breast reconstruction are not being informed of their options? ALL women should know what their choices are.  This needs to be done on many levels. All women should know that there is a federal law that makes it illegal for their insurance providers to not cover breast reconstruction.

Recent studies have revealed that:

    •    Eighty-nine percent of women want to see what breast reconstruction surgery results before undergoing cancer treatment.

    •    Less than a quarter (23 percent) of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.

    •    Only 22 percent of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected.

    •    Only 19 percent of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results.

"We want to bring the topic of breast reconstruction into the larger breast cancer dialogue," said ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth, MD. "Letting women know their reconstruction options before or at the time of diagnosis is critically important to improving life after breast cancer. BRA Day USA is all about inspiring women who are on the road to recovery to a full life beyond breast cancer."

This year, the U.S. and more than 20 other countries will join an international effort to close the loop on breast cancer, to ensure that all patients are fully informed of their surgical options and supported by a team of medical professionals working together for the patient's best interest. Here in the U.S., supporters and survivors are planning more than 80 BRA Day USA events across the country in cities including New York, Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles.

The No Surrender Breast Cancer Foundation is a proud participant in these events.

Two Chances to Chat!
Gina Maisano, founder of the No Surrender Breast Cancer Foundation and author of “Intimacy After Breast Cancer” will be chatting live on Twitter and Facebook with two world renowned breast reconstruction surgeons:


Join  ASPS Member Surgeon Frank DellaCroce, MD, on Twitter chat where he will answer important questions about breast reconstruction.
Join in using #BRAdaychat.


Join Redbook magazine, ASPS Member Surgeon Ron Israeli, MD, and his breast reconstruction patient, author and non-profit founder Gina Maisano for a Facebook chat on October 17 at 2 p.m. EDT.

Grammy award winning recording artist Jewel has written a very special song about breast reconstruction. She is the ambassador of BraDay USA.

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