Greenwich Time: Greenwich JCC and Breast Cancer Alliance to host medical symposium

Published Thursday, May 4, 2017
by Jennifer Turiano

GREENWICH — The Breast Cancer Alliance and JCC Greenwich are joining forces to offer a medical symposium with leading experts on cancer.

“Taking Action Against Breast Cancer: Genetic Testing, Screening and Lifestyle Prevention,” is scheduled to begin with a breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on May 15 at the Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y., and will be followed by a panel discussion with a question and answer session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Panelists who specialize in lifestyle prevention, surgery, screening, genetic testing and women’s health will advise women on how to protect themselves and take the most proactive steps regarding breast cancer.

“There is a lot of discussion among women I know about genetic testing, specifically, who should be tested and who should not,” said Ellen Davis JCC Greenwich chairman and symposium co-chair. “We live in an area where breast cancer diagnoses are among the highest in the country, and where so many young women are being diagnosed. I feel a strong commitment to empowering people to take charge of their health.”

Doctors from Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering and the Greenwich Hospital Breast Cancer will discuss the ways risk assessment, prevention and early detection for breast cancer has been and can be improved through current research and new technology.

“I know from my work how quickly research changes,” Davis said, “and felt that our community would really benefit from learning from experts about the latest research and recommendations for genetic testing and breast cancer prevention.”

Tickets to the symposium are $75 per person and $225 per advocate ticket — which includes admission for one and the donation of a mammogram to an underserved woman — and are available at http://weblink.donorperfect.com/2017MedicalSymposium.

The “Breast Cancer Alliance is also engaged in funding critical research in this field,” said Davis, “and they, too, are passionate about patient education.

“My friend, Yonni Wattenmaker, BCA’s Executive Director, was planning to bring a medical symposium to the community,” Davis said, “so this seemed a perfect partnership. We are excited to unite women from Fairfield and Westchester counties to learn how to take action against breast cancer."

Among the event’s sponsors are: AXA Advisors, Blum Center for Health, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich Sports Medicine, JCC of Mid-Westchester, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Sharsheret and Weil Cornell Medicine.