NEW YORK, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BRAVEDAY.org (Breast Restoration AdVocacy Education) applauds conversations that have been ignited amongst doctors, the media, breast cancer and at risk patients about what to expect when making decisions about mastectomy vs. lumpectomy along with what restoration options are available including reconstructive surgery, external bra prosthesis, and custom fitted bras. Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy OP Ed in the New York Times has sparked a positive move towards women seeking to be educated on what options may or may not be right for them.
It is estimated that less than 40% of women receive reconstruction in large part of being unaware of resources provided under the current legislation.
BRAVE DAY is about women and their rights as 1 out of every 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer [1 in 6 if you count DCIS (the earliest stage of the disease)]. Diagnosing breast cancer early and preventing the disease is important, as the 5-year survival rate for early-stage, localized breast cancer is 98 percent.
Know your rights:
- If you have a family history of breast cancer, insurance companies may provide access to early screening with mammograms and preventative treatments.
- If you have the BRCA gene, insurance companies may provide access to preventive procedures and treatment.
- Women have access to and coverage for restoration following a lumpectomy or mastectomy (reconstructive surgery vs external bra prosthesis, and custom fitted bras)
- State and federal laws mandate insurance carriers to cover the cost of restoration procedures following a mastectomy, as well as symmetry procedures for the other side (Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998).
Survival is only the first part of the healing process. To truly thrive you have to treat the whole person: body, mind and spirit. The patient journey starts upon breast cancer diagnosis and continues all the way through the healing of scars and then the emotional components also still needs to be attended to. To do that, a patient needs to know exactly what resources are available and how to access resources.
Under the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, state and federal law mandates that insurance carriers cover the cost of reconstruction procedures. The issue is that most women are unaware of this and their right to this medical offering.
"It is all about women knowing their rights and gathering the critical information so that each woman can Recover, Restore, and Reclaim their femininity. This does not necessarily include a surgical procedure and preventive measures are as crucial. It is a personal choice for each woman to choose what is right for her based on the medical information provided by her oncologist, breast and plastic surgeon team," states Dr. Allen Gabriel a plastic surgeon in Vancouver Washington that has been working on this with his charity PinkLemonadeProject.org and Braveday.org.
Husband and Wife Team, Dr. Brian Thornton, Plastic Surgeon, and Dr. Tiffany Berry, surgical breast oncologist, stated that a "Team approach between the Breast Surgeon and Plastic Surgeon with the entire multidisciplinary treatment team is key to ensuring optimal clinical outcomes."
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