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Breasts exposed in Ottawa to encourage reconstruction for cancer patients

Women will expose their reconstructed breasts to encourage the procedure of breast reconstruction for cancer survivors.

Less than 1 in 10 women choose breast reconstruction in Canada, stats show

Women will expose their reconstructed breasts at an event tonight in Ottawa to encourage breast reconstruction, as part of Bra Day.

Statistics show only nine per cent — or fewer than one in 10 women — choose breast reconstruction in Canada. In America, the number is four times that.

This is why Nancy Carter, who has had breast cancer multiple times and underwent both a mastectomy and breast construction in February 2015, will bare her breasts to strangers.

Carter will be joined by other women who have undergone breast reconstruction to encourage the option for those battling breast cancer.

Carter and plastic surgeon, Dr. Kirsty Boyd, spoke with Robyn Bresnahan, host of CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning, on Wednesday about the procedure and the Bra Day event at the E.Y. Centre on Uplands Drive.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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