Portland, ME, October 28, 2015: Owner and Founder of The Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Verne Weisberg posted a new blog on his website entitled, “In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and BRA Day USA.” A specific day devoted to Breast Reconstruction Awareness is truly a step in the right direction for plastic surgery and the role it plays in helping breast cancer patients.
As Dr. Weisberg writes, “October has finally become synonymous among most adults not only with Halloween, but also with Breast Cancer Awareness.” He continues adding, “The month-long dedication to bringing greater awareness to breast cancer has generated hope for hundreds of thousands of women and men worldwide. After all, awareness is the first step toward understanding. Understanding leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to better treatments and one day, surely a cure.”
Weisberg turns to the American Cancer Society for current statistics. They estimate that “as many as 231,840 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.” The related death toll is estimated to be around 40,290. Weisberg is also keenly aware of the rare, yet growing rate of breast cancer in men. According to the American Cancer Society statistics, writes, Weisberg, “this year it is estimated that there will be 2,350 new cases of breast cancer in men resulting in 440 deaths.” (http://www.cancer.org/research/cancerfactsstatistics/cancerfactsfigures2015/)
“In addition to this well-established awareness campaign,” says Weisberg, “comes a specific day devoted to Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA).” He gives a little background saying, “Launched in Canada by a plastic surgeon, BRA has crossed the borders and is now being lead by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) in the USA. The purpose of the Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA Campaign is to build awareness around breast reconstruction options. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is held on the third Wednesday in October.”
What may be news to many breast cancer survivors, as Weisberg shares is that, “Federal law mandates coverage of breast reconstruction for all breast cancer patients, even if such reconstruction is delayed until after other treatments.” BRA is dedicated to informing women “of the options to which she is legally entitled.
The entire blog can be found http://www.drverne.com/in-support-of-breast-cancer-awareness-month-and-bra-day-usa/
About Dr. Weisberg
Dr. Verne Weisberg is board certified with two surgical specialties. His first board certification is in otolaryngology (ENT), after three years of training at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Weisberg was then privileged to complete his plastic surgical residency at Yale University, after which he was invited to join the faculty. While a resident at Yale, Dr. Weisberg spent several months at New York University Medical Center and Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital where he studied aesthetic surgery. In 1987, Dr. Weisberg was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic) by Yale University, where he taught the general surgery and plastic surgery residents. During that time, he developed a love for clinical practice and cosmetic surgery, especially after having developed the first university-based aesthetic surgery practice on his own.
For more than 26 years, Dr. Weisberg has developed the premier Aesthetic Surgical Practice in northern New England. As a double-boarded surgeon, he is uniquely trained in all aspects of facial plastic surgery with a special interest in rhinoplasty, both primary and revisional, as well as face-lifting. Dr. Weisberg enjoys performing the full variety of aesthetic plastic surgery, especially body contouring after weight loss as well as breast augmentation and lifting. Dr. Weisberg has been a pioneer in limited incisional surgery for reducing breasts, and has introduced cutting edge procedures and has written many articles on advanced techniques in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery.
About The Plastic Surgery Center
The Plastic Surgery Center is a certified surgical facility, AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc.) where we offer you a comfortable and relaxed setting with state-of-the-art technology in cosmetic surgery
We have a highly experienced and professional staff who will help make your time with us a positive experience from the initial consult with Dr. Weisberg and our Patient Care Coordinator, to surgery and then after care. We believe that each person is an individual with unique needs. To meet those needs we are committed to providing and maintaining unparalleled standards of care, excellence, quality, and above all, compassion. Our goal is to help people feel good about themselves by bringing out the beauty that’s been there all along.