Free event highlights latest in breast cancer care, research

Date: 
04/11/2013 - 3:00pm

U-M experts to discuss risk, prevention, treatment at April 20 summit

Written by Nicole Fawcett

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center experts will discuss breast cancer risks (and how you can reduce yours), as well as screening, treatment and research at a free Breast Cancer Summit on Saturday, April 20 at Washtenaw Community College.

"Understanding your risk of breast cancer is empowering. Women at high risk, whether because of family history or other circumstances, can take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest, most treatable stage," says Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of the U-M's Breast Oncology Program and director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program.

The summit, which is open to the public, will give women an opportunity to learn about their breast health and the latest advances in breast cancer. The event will include information for women currently being treated for breast cancer, cancer survivors and those at high risk of the disease.

Experts from U-M's Breast Care Center will discuss research advances and outline ways to get involved in supporting research, whether as a clinical trial participant or as an advocate. In addition, the day will include an opportunity for attendees to interact directly with the experts during a strolling lunch.

"We've seen some exciting advances recently in breast cancer treatment. The more that patients, survivors and women at high risk can partner with physicians and researchers, the more we can learn about this disease and take even greater leaps in reducing the burden of breast cancer on women and their families," says Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., co-director of the Breast Oncology Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The Breast Cancer Summit is hosted by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Breast Oncology and Community Outreach Programs, with support from the Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

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