Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day


WHEREAS, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, and the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States; and

WHEREAS, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime; and

WHEREAS, recent statistics show the incident rate of breast cancer as 124 cases per 100,000 women in Virginia; and 

WHEREAS, studies have shown the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are not referred to a plastic surgeon prior to surgery related to their cancer treatments; and

WHEREAS, 81% of women do not know that the timing of their treatment for breast cancer and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction greatly impacts their options and results; and

WHEREAS, minority women are significantly less likely than white women to see a plastic surgeon before initial surgery; and

WHEREAS, reconstructive breast surgery has been shown to have a positive impact on the quality of life of women affected by breast cancer;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 15, 2014, as BREAST RECONSTRUCTION AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.