Breast cancer patients don't just want to see ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of the surgery, but want to see the real outcomes of the surgery before undergoing treatment, a new survey says.
According to a new survey, about 89 percent of women want to know how the results of a breast reconstruction would look like before undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
This has prompted a group of certified plastic surgeons to organize an event that would help patients learn about breast reconstruction as part of Breast Reconstruction Awareness day (BRA) Day USA on October 17, 2012 in New Orleans.
The survey also found that less than a quarter of the women knew about the options available in breast reconstruction and the quality of the treatment outcomes. Few women knew that the timing of breast cancer treatment and breast reconstruction is important in getting the best results possible.
The survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of American society for Plastic Surgeons. More than 1,000 women above the age of 18 participated in the online survey.
The event has been organized by American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgeon Foundation to raise awareness about breast reconstruction options.
"When I was writing this song there were a lot of survivors that came to mind," said singer/songwriter Jewel, "and I'm always continually amazed at how resilient women are, and how when faced with a difficult position they find the courage to say, 'I am going to fight on and I'm even going to be better.' And that's what made me want to write this song." Jewel is a spokesperson for BRA DAY USA and has written a song "Flower" for breast reconstruction awareness efforts, according to a press release.
"We are going to provide information in a way that's never been done before on this level. A group of breast reconstruction patients will show a group of breast cancer patients what their reconstruction choices look like. This is something that until now has been a taboo topic, and we want to give these women a forum to get the information they need," said ASPS President Malcolm Z. Roth in a press release.