September 30, 2013
Style Show to Spotlight Breast Reconstruction Options
A special event will highlight reconstructive surgery following breast cancer for women who have had mastectomies. The event, “More Than a Pink Ribbon BRA Day,” is a style show featuring 15 breast cancer survivors who have had breast reconstruction.
The event is designed to “inform women about the reconstructive options they have after mastectomy,” said Dr. Nicole Sommer, associate professor at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Institute for Plastic Surgery.
Author and breast cancer survivor Geralyn Lucas will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m., Friday, October 18 at the Legacy Theater, 101 E. Lawrence Ave., in Springfield.
Breast cancer survivors will model the latest fashions, followed by Lucas, who will discuss survivorship. She is the author of “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy.”
Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is an initiative created by the American Society of Plastic Surgery to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, yet fewer than one-fifth of American women who undergo mastectomy currently choose to undergo breast reconstruction,” said Dr. Michael Neumeister, professor and chair of the Institute for Plastic Surgery and the Department of Surgery at SIU School of Medicine. Seven of 10 women are not aware of breast reconstruction options following mastectomy, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires health insurers to cover the cost of breast reconstruction following mastectomy in all 50 states.
Along with the style show and special speaker, ticket holders will enjoy a “mocktail” party following the show. All participants will receive a souvenir Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day t-shirt.
Tickets are $20 each and may be ordered online at www.siumed.edu/braday. For additional questions, call Annette weekdays from 8 to 4:30 p.m. at 217-545-7133.