Beebe Medical Center to Present Free Forum on Breast Cancer
In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Beebe Medical Center has organized a forum entitled "Ask the Experts: Women's Forum on Breast Cancer," that will take place 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at the McCurry Conference Center at the Beebe Health Campus on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach.
The forum is free and will focus on education and prevention. Speakers will discuss the most up-to-date information on diagnosis, treatments and survival rates of breast cancer. Those who will speak include: medical oncologist Srihari Peri, MD, Medical Director of the Tunnell Cancer Center; surgical oncologist James Spellman, MD; surgeon Clara Higgins, DO; radiation oncologist Andrew Dahlke, MD; Isabel Benson, RN, MSN, OCN, Nurse Manager at Tunnell Cancer Center; Clare Wilson, RN, MS, cancer care coordinator at Tunnell Cancer Center; Cathy Ward, RN, BSN, cancer screening nurse navigator in Beebe Medical Center's Community Health Department; and Judith Ramirez, MA, the social worker at Tunnell Cancer Center.
Registration is required and seating is limited. To register, please call 645-3100, ext. 2666. Free gifts and light refreshments will be offered.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. About 178,480 women in the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer in 2007. About 40,460 women will die from the disease this year. Right now there are about two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 35. Breast cancer death rates are going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and improved treatment.
Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at www.beebemed.org