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The Plastic Surgery Foundation Celebrates 7th Annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL – The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) is hosting the seventh annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 17, with more than 150 events planned worldwide. The initiative is designed to promote awareness of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction education, patient care and research.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is a collaboration among The PSF, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), plastic surgeons and breast cancer support groups who have organized community events, lectures, fundraising parties and other educational programs around the world.

Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy or lumpectomy is not for every woman, but every woman should be informed of her options and legal rights. In this spirit, The PSF and ASPS lead the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign, one of the few breast cancer campaigns dedicated to building awareness around breast reconstruction options.

Many women eligible for breast reconstruction following cancer surgery are not informed of their options, and it's time to close the loop on breast cancer.

Studies have revealed:

  • 89 percent of women want to see breast reconstruction surgery results before undergoing cancer treatment.
  • 23 percent of women know the wide range of breast reconstruction options available.
  • 22 percent of women are familiar with the quality of outcomes that can be expected.
  • 19 percent of women understand that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results.

Making a Difference: The Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund

Proceeds from Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day activities benefit the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund, which supports breast reconstruction research and provides financial assistance to uninsured and under-insured women seeking breast reconstruction.

Since its inception, the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund has raised more than $2.7 million to support research, projects, programs and the charitable surgical care of women in need of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

No donation is too small in the fight to close the loop on breast cancer.

About The PSF

The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF), founded in 1948, supports research, international volunteer programs and visiting professor programs. The foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life of patients through research and development. The PSF accomplishes its mission by providing invaluable support to the research of plastic surgery sciences through a variety of grant programs. The PSF works in concert with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the world's largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. Representing more than 8,000 Member Surgeons, the Society is recognized as a leading authority and information source on aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. ASPS comprises more than 93 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Founded in 1931, the Society represents physicians certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery or The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. ASPS advances quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

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