October 11, 1996

Events spotlight National Brease Cancer Awareness Month

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Frances Williams Preston (right), chief executive officer of BMI, Inc., recently presented May Dean Eberling with the Frances Williams Preston Award for Outstanding Contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness.

Events spotlight National Brease Cancer Awareness Month

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes in the United States, and every 11 minutes, another woman dies of the disease, the most common form of cancer in women.

America Cancer Society statistics point out that approximately 3,700 women in Tennessee will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and approximately 880 of these women will die of the disease.

Sobering statistics, but the good news is that early diagnosis and treatment can help save a woman's life.

In conjunction with the 11th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Breast Center are offering the Breast Cancer Health Forum, a series of programs throughout October to promote awareness of and education about breast cancer.

The events, held during brown bag luncheons, will provide nursing continuing medical education credit (CEU's) through the Vanderbilt Learning Center.

Here's a list of the month's remaining events, all of which are open to the public:

€ Friday, Oct. 11, Coping With a Family Legacy of Breast Cancer: Risk Counseling and Genetic Testing, brown bag luncheon from noon to 1 p.m., 208 Light Hall. The program will feature Susan Caro, MSN, Melinda Cohen, MS, and Dr. David L. Page, professor of Pathology, all of the Vanderbilt Breast Center. *(CEU)

€ Saturday, Oct. 12, American Cancer Society Sponsored Breast Examination, in the Edgehill Estates located at 1201 Hawkins St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

€ Sunday, Oct. 13, The Race for the Cure, the race begins at 1 p.m. in Centennial Park. There will be a 5K run/walk for women, a 5K run/walk for men and a one-mile walk.

€ Friday, Oct. 18, Nurturing the Self, brown bag luncheon from noon to 1 p.m., 208 Light Hall. The talk will feature Jan Campbell, a breast cancer survivor and the owner/instructor of The Yoga Center. *(CEU)

€ Tuesday, Oct. 22, The Vanderbilt Breast Center will have an open house breakfast in the confidential setting of the Breast Center. Dr. Melanie Swift, instructor in Medicine, will give a talk entitled Is it Stress? Is it Hormones? Or Is it Depression? The cost is $5. For more information call 322-2064.

€ Friday, Oct. 25, A panel discussion on the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, brown bag luncheon, noon to 1 p.m., 206 Medical Research Building II. The panel will feature Dr. R. Daniel Beauchamp, associate professor of Surgery, Dr. M. Gray Bowen, Dr. David H. Johnson, Cornelius Abernathy Craig Chair in Oncology, and Dr. Alan J. Kaufman, associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. *(CEU)

€ Saturday, Oct. 26, Breast Examinations offered at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church Health Fair. the Vanderbilt Breast Center will be giving the exams from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at 1410 Jefferson St.

All events (except the luncheons on Oct. 7, 8, and 9, the Race for the Cure, and the Breast Center breakfast) are free of charge to the public. The series is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Cancer Center and the Breast Center. For more information about any of the events, call the Cancer Center at 936-1782.