Lending a Helping Hand for Breast Reconstruction

Inaugural BRA Day proceeds provide funding for breast reconstruction awareness, charitable care and research

handFirst launched in 2011 in Canada and on Oct. 17, 2012 in the US, Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day promotes education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction through question and answer sessions, lectures, flash mobs, fundraising parties, advertising campaigns and community gatherings.

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Angelina Jolie Uses Shaped Implants for Breast Reconstruction

Actress, humanitarian and mother of six’s preventative mastectomy and reconstruction expands dialogue and raises awareness about women’s health

angelina jolieAngelina Jolie’s preventative double mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction resulted in a firestorm of publicity. Not only did it create dialogue about what to do when testing positive for the defective BRCA 1gene as Jolie had, but also about the type of reconstruction.

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Angelina Jolie Tells Story of Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction

angelina-jolie-breast-reconstruction“I hope that other women can benefit from my experience” writes Angelina Jolie in a candid New York Times column published today.

The actress and director revealed that she recently chose to have a double mastectomy after doctors told her she had the breast cancer gene BRCA1, meaning Jolie has an (estimated) 87 percent risk of getting the disease.

She decided to be “proactive” and undergo a preventive double mastectomy, followed by breast reconstruction with implants. The procedures were completed just last month.

About her reconstruction, she writes:

“Nine weeks later, the final surgery is completed with the reconstruction of the breasts with an implant. There have been many advances in this procedure in the last few years, and the results can be beautiful.”

Photo by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office  

After Mastectomy: What to Know

Awareness Can Help Ease Recovery

after mastectomy what to know listAfter mastectomy, you may feel overwhelmed by the physical and emotional ramifications of diagnosis, surgery and breast reconstruction. But with hospital stays averaging three days or less, it’s important to know what to expect. What follows are some brief checklists that may help guide you through the process.

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