Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia in Partnership with Northside Hospital Present Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day

Educating the Community on Breast Cancer Awareness October 2, 2010

Have you checked your breasts today? In 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 40,170 women died from breast cancer. In Georgia, an estimated 5,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 1,140 women will die from the disease this year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia – Cherokee County, in partnership with Northside Hospital-Cherokee, is presenting the 2nd Annual Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010 at the Northside Hospital–Cherokee Conference Center, located at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton, GA 30114.

“Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer,” said Sandra Gregory, M.D., radiation oncologist of Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia – Cherokee County. “It is a disease which is 100 percent treatable if caught early, so it is important to be educated and aware.”

The 2nd Annual Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m., with featured lectures from renowned female physicians and breast specialists -- moderated by Sandra Gregory, M.D. The day’s activities will feature three panels addressing three crucial topics for women: Wellness and Prevention, Latest Treatment and Technology and Recent Developments in Breast Cancer.

Each panel consists of some of the best and brightest in their field. Peahen Gandhi, M.D., OB/GYN, Courtney Sinclair, M.D., GYN and Angela Falany, M.D. will discuss wellness and prevention; Anita Johnson, M.D., Breast Surgeon, Angela Robbins, M.D., Breast Surgeon and Lynn Baxter, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist will speak towards the latest treatment and technology; and the third panel on recent developments in Breast Cancer will feature Rosa Langella, M.D., Breast Surgeon, Kathleen Long, M.D., Medical Oncologist, Gena Volas-Redd, M.D., Medical Oncologist and Sandra Gregory, M.D., Radiation Oncologist.

This free education event is an opportunity for women of the community to learn about genetic testing, partial breast irradiation, diet and nutrition, changes in surgical management of breast disease and breast cancer prevention. Northside Hospital’s ScreenAtlanta mobile mammography van will be onsite performing mammograms and attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up with StoryCorps Atlanta to go in-studio and record their personal experiences with Breast Cancer.

“Women who have been diagnosed or have loved ones who have been diagnosed are always the most eager to learn every last detail about Breast Cancer. But it is just as important, if not more important for those who are not as aware to be educated and proactive in getting screened,” said Dr. Gregory.

Breakfast, a survivor program and luncheon will be provided with a special butterfly release to honor all those who have fought and won the cancer battle. The 2nd Annual Breast Health and Cancer Awareness Day is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended, but only required for those requesting mammograms. To register, please call 404-845-5555 and press “0,” Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information on Breast Cancer Symposium 2010 or sponsorship opportunities, contact Toni Karasik at 678-965-4756 x. 115 or e-mail
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