“BRAVE DAY” March 21, 2014


iStock_000012759589SmallBreast Reconstruction Advocacy Education, sponsored by the Pink Lemonade Project

Breast cancer is an all too common disease. One in eight women will be diagnosed breast cancer. An organization known as “Pink Lemonade” is dedicated to increasing education for women about what their options are for fighting the cancer.

March 21, 2014, BRAVE DAY, has been designated as a day of national awareness of women’s “rights” when it comes to diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. The Pink Lemonade has declared a Bill of Rights for U.S. Women. It includes:

  1. If you have a family history of breast cancer, insurance companies may provide early screening and preventative measures starting at age 35.
  2. If you notice a lump in your breast, insurance companies will provide access to screening at any age after puberty.
  3. Your first screening mammogram should be at age 40.
  4. If your breasts are found to be dense on a mammogram, your insurance company provides approval for additional diagnostic testing and referral to a specialist to discuss treatment options.
  5. If you have inherited the BRCA gene that puts you at high risk for breast cancer, insurance may provide coverage for preventative treatment.
  6. Insurance covers reconstruction of a breast after either a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy) or mastectomy. 
  7. State and Federal laws require insurance companies to cover reconstruction of the breast affected by cancer as well as a matching surgery for the opposite breast. (Women’s Health And Cancer Rights Act of 1998).

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