October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and health officials at Ruby Memorial Hospital have been teaching people about the disease all month long.
Wednesday will mark the hospital's second annual Breast Reconstruction awareness day, better known as BRA day.
Doctors believe roughly 70% percent of women aren't aware of reconstructive options post breast cancer surgery. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer women are diagnosed with aside from skin cancer.
According to experts, one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease within their lifetime. Some have to experience life saving operations to have the cancer removed which can lead to some women losing all or parts of their breasts.
Doctors hope to teach people about reconstruction options because dealing with breast removal can be very traumatic.
Dr. Lisa Jacob is a Breast Reconstruction Specialist at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She said, "Waking up with either a breast mound or a completely formed breast, they don't experience the loss of the breast. Then they recover faster both emotionally and physically."
Susan Gookin is a breast cancer survivor who underwent reconstruction surgery. She feels it was absolutely the right decision for her.
"I went into my surgery very at peace knowing what would happen. With me, I got rid of the cancer at that point and felt like a whole woman instead of a woman that had cancer," said Gookin.
Reconstruction procedures may not be right for everyone. Anyone with questions about what options they have should talk to their doctor.