10/15/2007

WVU Offers Free Seminar on Hereditary Risks for Breast Cancer

West Virginia University healthcare professionals will discuss how a family history of breast cancer could affect whether a person develops the disease at a free public seminar Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m.  The seminar will take place in the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center lobby. 

Jame Abraham, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and Christen Tringes, P.A.-C, will present “Hereditary Risks for Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Prevention” in observance of breast cancer awareness month.

“About five to ten percent of breast cancer cases are directly related to inherited changes in breast cancer-related genes,” said Tringes.  “Our breast cancer program offers comprehensive risk assessment and genetic counseling for patients with a strong family history of breast cancer.”

Tringes added that it’s important for people to understand all of the risk factors associated with breast cancer.  “Having one or several risk factors doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop breast cancer; however, women need to be informed and aware of their bodies.”

“While you can’t control some breast cancer risk factors, there are ways that women can lower their risk,” said Dr. Abraham.

“It’s extremely important that we educate women on how they can protect themselves from breast cancer, because one out of every eight will develop the disease in her lifetime,” Abraham said.  “Detecting breast cancer early means a greater chance of survival and more options for treatment.”

The seminar is sponsored by the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and WVU Hospitals.

 

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07-207
For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, Cancer Center, (304) 293-4599
sstoneking@rcb.hsc.edu
sls: 10-15-07

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