PRMA to Host First Annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day in San Antonio

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Only 30 percent of American women facing breast cancer surgery are aware of their breast reconstruction options. "BRA Day" aims to change that.

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As a practice that specializes in breast reconstruction, we see firsthand how reconstructive surgery after mastectomy changes lives.

PRMA Center for Advanced Breast Reconstruction is hosting the first annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway.

BRA Day SA, a free event, will feature the “Cakes for a Cause Silent Auction” with all proceeds benefitting Texas WINGS. Guest speaker Oscar Ochoa, M.D. will discuss the various reconstruction procedures available for post-mastectomy patients, health insurance coverage and the differences between immediate and delayed post-mastectomy surgery. To RSVP, contact patientadvocate (at) prmaplasticsurgery (dot) com by Oct. 9th.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (after skin cancer), yet only 30 percent of American women are offered the option of breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy. BRA Day SA will run alongside the first annual national Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day (BRA Day-USA), to be held on Oct. 17, 2012. This initiative was first held in Canada in 2011 and seeks to promote education, awareness and access to post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Dr. Oscar Ochoa, plastic surgeon with PRMA, the largest breast cancer reconstruction practice in the U.S., said, “As a practice that specializes in breast reconstruction, we see firsthand how reconstructive surgery after mastectomy changes lives.” He said, “We believe all women with breast cancer should be well informed concerning all aspects of their treatment options, including reconstruction.”

Cakes have been donated by St. Phillip’s College Culinary Department, Sprinkle’s Cake Shop and The Art Institute.

The event also will feature breast cancer survivors who will share their stories.

PRMA has performed over 4,000 flap breast reconstructions which use the patient’s own tissue to recreate a “natural”, warm, soft breast. Results are far superior than most reconstructions with breast implants. However, even with so many tissue reconstructions being performed, many breast cancer patients are not fully aware of their reconstructive options. PRMA surgeons say that doctors also need to be more educated about the available procedures and patients should know that prosthetics and implants aren’t the only options.

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PRMA Plastic Surgery is one of the busiest breast reconstruction practices in the world, routinely welcoming out-of-state and international patients. PRMA specializes in advanced breast reconstruction techniques that use the patient's own tissue to provide the most natural results. These techniques include the DIEP, SIEA, GAP, and TUG flap procedures.

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