Bra Day in Toronto

We at Bressante know that it is important for those experiencing breast cancer and mastectomy to know the options available to them after breast surgery. Attending Bra Day Toronto is one of the ways to gain insight, knowledge and hear of first-hand experience from real women who have been through it all. We had a great time making connections and networking when we attended in 2015, and we are sure looking forward to the event again tonight! We hope to bring awareness to our fitting event happening in Toronto on November 29th and 30th where we will be fitting women with prosthetics and bras and providing education about our products. Please stay tuned for more info on this event soon, and enjoy Bra Day tonight, Toronto!

Questions and Answers with Lymphedema Expert Dr. Emily Iker

Interview with Lymphedema Expert Dr. Emily Iker

Dr. Emily Iker

Dr. Emily Iker is director of the Lymphedema Center in Santa Monica. She is a well regarded Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist focusing on the diagnosis, management and treatment of lymphatic disorders. 


Iker teaches and lectures annually, nationally and internationally, and is an instructor for Lymphedema Management courses. She is a member of the Scientific Committee for the 26th World Congress of Lymphology taking place in Barcelona, September 25 to 29, 2017 []. Here she will lead the Lymphedema Management course as well as present several lectures on Lymphedema and Lipedema.


We interviewed Dr. Emily Iker over the phone.

Dr. Jen Gunter Speaks Out Against Misinformation About Women’s Health

California-based doctor Jen Gunter poses Friday in her hotel lobby. Gunter is fighting medical quackery and pseudo-science in her spare time.
170811 – Friday, August 11, 2017.


The internet is a vast world of information. Sometimes it can be a challenge to sift through all of the false information to find the truth. Dr. Jen Gunter is one woman putting true, fact-based information out there about women’s health that we can feel certain is coming from an expert. She is a Winnipeg-raised obstetrician-gynecologist who has often spoken out against Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop, where Paltrow shares information and sells women’s health items such as a $55-66 jade egg for “vaginal cleansing”.

Read the Winnipeg Free Press article here.




Post-mastectomy fashion: 5 things I wish I’d known before my mastectomy

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You were prepared for your treatment. You were prepared for your surgery. You read everything you could get your hands on when you were diagnosed with cancer. But nothing prepares you for the day when the post-mastectomy haze clears and you are standing at the mirror, wrapped up like a mummy, convinced the doctors accidentally stitched an elephant to your chest.

You blink at your new body and try to wiggle out of the robe that has become your go-to outfit of choice. Then you stare into your closet. This is not like those pre-cancer days of sighing about not having anything to wear; this is real. As you rack your brain, you realize there wasn’t anything in your research that talked about living life after the mastectomy.

But don’t worry, because I’ve been there. Many of us have. And we’re happy to share all the things we wish we’d known when it was time to ditch the flannel and start dressing like a woman again.

The first thing I noticed post-mastectomy and reconstruction was traditional lingerie no longer fit me. I had no idea putting something as simple as a bra on would be so challenging. I would say I wish I’d known that ahead of time, but in hindsight, not knowing is what put me in a position to change the lives of others and start dressing women after cancer with my lingerie line, AnaOno. Now I get to listen to a lot of women talking about their challenges after a mastectomy, and I know I am not the only one. And neither are you.

Read the rest of the article here.

Breast Changes: What is Normal?

We all know to regularly check our breasts for odd or new changes, as they can be a sign of something much more serious.

Most women have changes in their breasts during their lifetime. Many of these changes are caused by hormones or can be caused by the normal ageing process. Most of these changes are not cancer; they are called benign changes. However, if you notice a breast change and you have suspicions or are uncertain, don’t wait until your next mammogram. Make an appointment to get it checked.

  • Young women who have not gone through menopause often have more dense tissue in their breasts. The Dense tissue has more glandular and connective tissue and less fat tissue. This kind of tissue makes mammograms harder to interpret–because both dense tissue and tumours show up as solid white areas on x-ray images. Breast tissue gets less dense as women get older.
  • Before or during your menstrual periods, your breasts may feel swollen, tender, or painful. You may also feel one or more lumps during this time because of extra fluid in your breasts. These changes usually go away by the end of your menstrual cycle. Because some lumps are caused by normal hormone changes, your healthcare provider may have you come back for a return visit, at a different time in your menstrual cycle.
  • During pregnancy, your breasts may feel lumpy. This is usually because the glands that produce milk are increasing in number and getting larger.
  • While breastfeeding, you may get a condition called mastitis. This happens when a milk duct becomes blocked. Mastitis causes the breast to look red and feel lumpy, warm, and tender. It may be caused by an infection and it is often treated with antibiotics. Sometimes the duct may need to be drained. If the redness or mastitis does not go away with treatment, call your health care provider.
  • As you approach menopause, your menstrual periods may come less often. Your hormone levels also change. This can make your breasts feel tender, even when you are not having your menstrual period. Your breasts may also feel lumpier than they did before.
  • If you are taking hormones (such as menopausal hormone therapy, birth control pills, or injections) your breasts may become denser. This can make a mammogram harder to interpret. Be sure to let your healthcare provider know if you are taking hormones.
  • When you stop having menstrual periods (menopause), your hormone levels drop, and your breast tissue becomes less dense and fattier. You may stop having any lumps, pain, or nipple discharge that you used to have. And because your breast tissue is less dense, mammograms may be easier to interpret.

To read more, click on the link below!

Take This Survey and Make a Difference for Cancer Survivors Worldwide

Last year, Denise Stewart coordinated the first online Breast Cancer Summit. Experts from around the globe gave talks on subjects relevant to those who are facing changes and challenges after their breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. Many people took part in the online learning and now she is doing it all again! Answer a few of the questions from this online survey so that the Summit can offer what you need most!

“The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit being launched July 31 and the goal is to help people across the world take action to recover well after breast cancer.

Can you help guide us? We want to deliver the best online health Summit for breast cancer survivors. It will be the first ever online Breast Cancer Rehabilitation & Wellness Summit. We need to know your thoughts about what information you need to help you recover better.

Women and men across the world have similar difficulties during their recovery stage and when trying to achieve their best health and well-being after the intensive breast cancer treatment.

The Summit is a health awareness project to help people learn more about specific health problems and in this case, it is the many side effects and problems that arise after having a breast cancer diagnosis and medical treatment.”

Click the link below to enter the survey. It will only take about a minute to click through the questions.

Popping Up In A Town Near You!

So far Bressante has had TWO successful Pop Up Shops in Selkirk and Brandon, Manitoba! 

The Pop Up Shops have been led by the wonderful Linda and Jeannette. Our first Pop Up was at Home Health Care Pharmacy in Brandon.

Then we hooked up with Jeanie, the owner of Bella Ragazza Lingerie and Swimwear Boutique in Selkirk. 

Both were a great success! We fitted a few ladies with their new Bressante prosthetics and we had even more referred to our clinic in Winnipeg!

Thank YOU for making these Pop-Ups a great hit. We hope to put on many more! 

If you want us to put together a pop-up shop in your establishment, give us a call @ 1-800-607 -7645

Breast Cancer in Young Women


Young women can have breast cancer. It’s not as shocking as it once was when the news comes out that a woman in her twenties is diagnosed with breast cancer. Chances are slim, but it does happen. Young women who develop breast cancer so early have the stress of possibly becoming infertile from the chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen medication to handle when diagnosed with cancer that is hormone sensitive. Having eggs frozen, possibly not being able to ever breastfeed are both painful to come to terms with, and exhausting. 

It’s not as shocking as it once was when the news came out that a woman in her twenties was diagnosed with breast cancer. The chances these days are still slim, but it does happen. Young women who develop breast cancer so early have the stress of possibly becoming infertile from the chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen medication. Having eggs frozen, possibly not being able to ever breastfeed are both painful to come to terms with, and exhausting. 

Lindsey Hope Finkelstein was diagnosed with breast cancer after she noticed her right nipple bleeding. She had an ultrasound and then a biopsy. She was tested negative for five genes linked to breast cancer. Somehow she still developed a tumour behind her right nipple. The doctors still don’t know what caused her cancer, and so she has donated her tumour to research. Read more about her inspiring journey at the link below.

Spring Allergies and Remedies


Canadians are often very happy to see Spring around the corner, but roughly 25% of us have to deal with some form of sinus discomfort once grass and tree pollen become more prevalent in our environment. Allergies in the springtime not only affect your productivity and your ability to go outside but can also affect how well you sleep and your energy levels overall. Having the right ways to treat your allergies can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying the warmer weather with friends and family. 

Always make sure you get a proper diagnosis. You’d be surprised by some of the less well-known symptoms of allergies and hay fever.  

Natural Treatments for Seasonal Allergies: 

  • Stinging Nettle Extract is said to reduce symptoms better than over the counter medication by 48%.
  • Multistrain Probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium may prevent allergy reoccurrences. 
  • Vitamin C either taken orally or intravenously significantly reduce histamine levels.
  • Diets high in fruits and vegetables have been shown to elevate antioxidant levels in the body, which may have protective effects against hay fever. 


Information is taken from Sage magazine.

New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors Review

Bill Aron
is a photographer whose photos have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States and Israel, including the Museum of Modern Art, the International Centre for Photography and several other galleries worldwide. Aron lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons, where he is most likely the only photographer with a PhD in sociology.

His most recent book, “New Beginnings: The Triumphs of 120 Cancer Survivors,” focuses on survivors who have not let their diagnosis prevent them from living their lives to the fullest; in many cases, the diagnosis has served as motivation to better their lives. The book invokes strength, resilience and a positive outlook for anyone beginning their cancer recovery journey. Aron himself said he wanted to create a book that encouraged even the most cynical individual.

The book is worth a look; there is a story on just about every page of courage and overcoming one of life’s most difficult curve balls. You’ll enjoy the stories and will probably want to share them with your friends. 

A selection of Bill Aron’s work can be seen on his web site,

His book can be found here