Portsmouth, NH - The second annual National Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, is October 16, 2013. The goal of BRA Day, created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation is to promote education awareness and access to post mastectomy options for the more than 230,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. BRA Day has gained momentum and features events nationwide, such as educational seminars, receptions, gala events, organized runs, walks and bicycling events, and even staged public happenings called “flash mobs”. The BRA Day 2013 theme is “Team Approach to Breast Cancer Care”, which involves the plastic surgeon, oncologist, breast surgeon, radiologist and OB/GYN who frequently work together when a woman is first diagnosed with breast cancer to develop and implement a treatment plan for that patient.

Many women are well informed and able to formulate a plan for how they will make their bodies and lives whole again after they have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Research shows, however, that many women eligible for breast reconstruction following breast cancer, especially minorities, are not informed of the care options that are possible at the time of breast cancer surgery. Those options are 1st, that treatment may be delayed until after other treatments, 2nd, that the patient may choose not to have reconstruction and but must be informed of the availability of prostheses or breast forms and 3rd, that federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for breast cancer patients, even if such reconstruction is delayed until after other treatments.

The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons recognizes this deficit of information and has announced their strong support of the “Breast Cancer Patient Education Act”, to be sent to congress which would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement an education campaign to inform women of the availability and coverage of breast reconstruction, prostheses and other options.

Dr. Brannon Claytor, breast reconstruction surgeon at Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center, heartily supports the efforts of ASPS and the Plastic Surgery Foundation to provide information about treatment choices to every woman facing breast cancer. Dr. Claytor states, “Informing women of their reconstruction options at the time of diagnosis is very important to improving a woman’s life after breast cancer. A woman who knows what her treatment options are can begin to heal and have her life back sooner. Breast reconstruction is often a critical part of that healing process. In my experience, using a team approach increases the likelihood many times over for an improved outcome and better quality of life for the patient. I applaud the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation for this admirable undertaking to make sure all women are fully educated.” Visit our website at http://www.atlanticplasticsurg.com to read more about laser tattoo removal or for more information, call Atlantic Plastic surgery Center at 1-800-633-6860.

About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:
Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire. Dr. Mark Ballentyne is a highly skilled physician who has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003. Dr. Ballentyne is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and will be fully certified by the Board of Aesthetic Medicine in September 2011. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in administering dermal fillers, BOTOX Cosmetic and Dysport injections, and Fraxel laser treatments. He is a national trainer for Allergan. Dr. Brannon Claytoris board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as in hand surgery. Dr. Claytor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, offering patients a high level of skill, outstanding training and commitment to excellence in cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He completed an additional year of training in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center. For more details visit us at: http://www.atlanticplasticsurg.com