BRA Day event com­ing up

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An event in Hal­i­fax this month will raise aware­ness about breast re­con­struc­tion op­tions for women who’ve un­der­gone mas­tec­tomies for breast can­cer. The Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Breast Re­con­struc­tion Aware­ness Day (BRA Day) will be held on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, and is one of 25 BRA Day events held in other cities across the coun­try in Oc­to­ber.

BRA Day was founded in

2011 by Dr. Mitchell Brown, a plas­tic sur­geon who wanted to spread ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness about breast re­con­struc­tion surgery. Noelle Brown has been or­ga­niz­ing the Hal­i­fax event for the last seven years, along with the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety. The event is free to at­tend. “Ev­ery year, more women come out and say, ‘I had no idea,’” Brown says. “I want ev­ery woman to know this is a pos­si­bil­ity.”

The event in­cludes talks on breast re­con­struc­tion, a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion with plas­tic sur­geons and a dis­creet Show and Tell Lounge, where women at­ten­dees have a chance to speak with other women who’ve had re­con­struc­tive breast surgery and see their re­sults.

The surgery is also cov­ered un­der MSI, an­other fact Brown says many women don’t know.

Brown had breast can­cer at 47 and un­der­went breast re­con- struc­tion surgery. She says like many other women, she didn’t know the surgery was an op­tion un­til a sur­geon men­tioned it.

She says the re­con­struc­tion surgery was the light at the end of a dark tun­nel af­ter hav­ing can­cer.

“You look down for weeks and there’s noth­ing there. [The re­con­struc­tion surgery] is some­thing bright,” Brown says. “It’s some­thing to look for­ward to.”

BRA Day takes place Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Royal Bank The­atre at the QEII Health Sciences Cen­tre at 1796 Sum­mer St. Regis­tra­tion to at­tend the event is en­cour­aged, but not re­quired. To reg­is­ter, visit bra- day.com.

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