Reconstruction can be an important part of the journey for those who have had a mastectomy to either treat breast cancer or prevent breast cancer (prophylactic).

Studies have shown that breast reconstruction following mastectomy can have a positive effect on a woman’s quality of life. However, following mastectomy, only 1 in 10 Canadian women will ever undergo breast reconstruction. Although there are a variety of personal reasons for this choice, a large factor is a lack of awareness and information; particularly for women living outside major city centres. The Canadian Cancer Society recognizes that all women in Canada are entitled to timely information about their reconstruction options, and access to the support needed to make the decision.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day) is a program designed to promote education, awareness and access for women who may wish to consider post- mastectomy breast reconstruction. BRA Day aims to empower women to make informed choices about breast reconstruction through information and the opportunity to connect with medical professionals and each other at a variety of community based events across Canada.

Our Breast Cancer Support & Information Team is available throughout the year to provide Canadian resource materials on mastectomy, breast reconstruction and breast cancer information and peer support for high risk (BRCA+) women considering prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction.

For further information and a personal perspective, contact our Breast Cancer Support & Information Team. You can speak to a member of our team who has had breast reconstruction, is knowledgeable about the options and knows first-hand the challenges of living in a post-mastectomy body. Call us, toll-free, at 1-888-778-3100 or send us a message.