Beebe Medical Center to Present Free Forum on Breast Cancer on Oct. 27
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. 27, 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. Beebe Medical Staff members will discuss the most up-to-date information on diagnosis, treatments and survival rates of breast cancer. Those who will speak include: Tunnell Cancer Center medical oncologist Aasim Sehbai, MD; surgical oncologist James Spellman, MD; surgeon Clara Higgins, DO; radiologist Andrew Dahlke, MD; Isabel Benson, NP-C, OCN, Nurse Practitioner at Tunnell Cancer Center; Clare Wilson, RN, MS, cancer care coordinator at Tunnell Cancer Center; Cathy Ward, 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. 2724. Light refreshments will be offered.
Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer. It is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women. It is the main cause of death in women ages 45 to 55. The median age at diagnosis of breast cancer in the United States is 61 years, and currently 35-40 million US women are 65 years of age or older. The number of women equal or greater than 65 years is expected to double in the next 20 years, and the median age of breast cancer at diagnosis is almost certainly going to move to the right.
Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. According to the American Cancer Society figures for year 2008, there are estimated 4,590 cases of new cancers to be detected in Delaware (that include all sites), and of those 580 are estimated to be new cases of female breast cancer. There are going to be 110 estimated cancer deaths from female breast cancer in Delaware in 2008.
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