WVU to Host October Events on Breast Cancer

MORGANTOWN, WV— West Virginia University will host a series of free events throughout October in observance of breast cancer awareness month and mark the 10th anniversary of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Breast Care Program.

The free events include a clinical exam, special dinner, and educational seminars led by cancer physicians, nurses and other healthcare experts.

“We wanted to do something extra special this year for patients and the community to mark the anniversaries of our Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program and the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center,” said Jame Abraham, M.D., medical director of WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and head of the CBC Program. “What better way to celebrate than to offer our services, to educate the community and to raise awareness about the disease.”

Clinical breast exams will be offered Monday, Oct. 2, at no charge, in the Cancer Center clinic from 5-8 p.m. If a follow-up mammogram or ultrasound is warranted, breast imaging will be offered at the Breast Care Center, on a limited basis, that evening. Following the clinical breast exam, participants will be escorted to the Breast Care Center for a tour, instruction in breast self-exam and refreshments. Advance registration is required. Please call (304) 598-4558.

“This is a great opportunity for women to visit the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and see firsthand the type of facility we have,” said Judith Schreiman, M.D., director of the Center. “In addition to a warm, comfortable environment, we also provide education about prevention and early detection, along with several diagnostic services.”

The annual Evening of Celebration dinner will be held Sunday, Oct. 8, at Lakeview Resort. Nearly 500 breast cancer survivors, their families and friends are anticipated to attend the annual event. Participants enjoy the opportunity to mingle with other survivors and members of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer team. Please call (304) 598-4558 to register.

A variety of topics relating to breast cancer will be discussed during educational classes in the lobby of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  They are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. on the following days:

            October 9                   Genetic Risk and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical

                                            Cancer Screening Program

            October 16                 Breast Health and Plastic Surgery

            October 23                 Breast Cancer Screening

            October 30                 Obesity and Cancer and Other Surgical Issues

“I think it’s great that doctors and other healthcare providers are taking the time to educate all of us,” said Betty Puskar, founder of the Breast Care Center. “Events like this are a must and I support them 100 percent.”

Since opening its doors in 1996, the Breast Care Center has performed more than 97,000 mammograms, more than 10,000 breast ultrasounds and 4,000 breast biopsies. The facility provides the best available expertise, educational tools and technology aimed at the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

The Breast Care Center is actively working with the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The program includes a variety of breast cancer specialists who see each patient on the initial visit, and work together to develop and deliver the best possible treatment plan. It is the only comprehensive breast cancer program in West Virginia and the surrounding region.  Patients from West Virginia and neighboring states frequently tap the expertise of WVU breast cancer specialists for second opinions and consultations.

Nurses, social workers, psychologists, genetic counselors and others provide education, counseling and support services to help women understand and deal with the effects of breast cancer and its treatments on their lives. The program is the only one of its kind in West Virginia to offer genetic counseling for patients at high-risk of developing breast cancer.

The October breast cancer awareness events are sponsored by the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and WVU Hospitals.

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For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center, (304) 293-4599

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