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HMH celebrates BRA Day to raise awareness about breast reconstruction

BRA Day ImageFor breast cancer patients who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy, whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery is a personal decision. However it’s important to be informed no matter what, which is why the third Wednesday of each October is set aside as BRA Day, or Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day.

BRA Day is a concerted effort to showcase what options are available to breast cancer patients. With Hardin Memorial Health’s comprehensive Multidisciplinary Breast Program (MDBP), we provide care for each stage of breast cancer treatment, including breast reconstruction.

“We offer complete breast cancer care at HMH,” said Dr. Ashley Kerekes, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at HMH. “I work closely with each patient and the entire MDBP team to determine the best course of action after a mastectomy.”

Federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if surgery will be delayed because of other treatments. For women who are candidates for the surgery, breast reconstruction surgery should be offered in a safe and timely manner.

“Some women have trouble feeling complete after a mastectomy or lumpectomy,” Dr. Kerekes said. “HMH wants to help them to feel whole again.”

For more information on breast reconstruction, visit,P00159 or call HMH Medical Group Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at 270- 706-1945.

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