The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Plastic Surgery Foundation will recognize the eighth annual Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day on October 16. Plastic Surgeon Mitchell Brown, MD, started BRA Day in Canada in 2011, and it is now observed every year on the third Wednesday in October.

“Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day began as a way to make women who have had or need mastectomy or lumpectomy aware of their options when it comes to reconstructive surgery,” said Kevin Calder, MD, FRCSC, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care – Effingham. “Although there are a number of breast cancer awareness campaigns in the United States, not many are dedicated to educating women about their breast reconstruction options.”

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy or lumpectomy is a personal choice, but one goal of Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is to inform women who are candidates for reconstruction of their options. And there are many options when it comes to breast reconstruction. If you have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer or are facing a lumpectomy or mastectomy, call Dr. Calder at 217-540-2350 to find out if reconstructive surgery is right for you.

Media Contact

Lori Harlan

Divisional Director of Marketing
HSHS Medical Group
Office: (217) 321-9292
Cell: (217) 321-9292

Latest News

Masking Update 3-2023

 March 22, 2023

Masking is optional at HSHS Medical Group clinics and HSHS Illinois hospitals with some exceptions, effective Wednesday, March 22.


HSHS Drive-Thru Care Closed March 3, 2023

 March 3, 2023

HSHS Drive-Thru Care in Decatur is closed Friday, March 3, 2023, due to a weather emergency. We apologize for any inconvenience.


HSHS Medical Group Announces the January 2023 C.A.R.E. Award Winners

 February 13, 2023

HSHS Medical Group is pleased to award Sarah Poirot, APRN, and Sheri Doss as our January 2023 C.A.R.E. Award winners.