Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Komen's sister speaking at breast cancer seminar



By Peggy O'Farrell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Nancy Goodman Brinker, who founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, will be the keynote speaker Thursday when the Breast Answer Group holds "An Evening of Education and Inspiration," a seminar on breast cancer.

IF YOU GO
What: "An Evening of Education and Inspiration," a seminar about breast cancer
Who: Keynote speaker Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation
Where: Crossroads, 3500 Madison Road in Oakley
When: 6:15 p.m. Thursday
Tickets: $15
Information: 585-0224 or visit www.breastanswergroup.com
"My message is what it's always going to be: It'll be about hope for the future," Brinker says. Until June, she was the U.S. ambassador to Hungary, and is working on raising breast cancer awareness in that nation.

The evening will also feature several breakout sessions on breast cancer, including hormone replacement therapy, environmental factors, breast imaging, high risk and early detection, choosing between lumpectomy and mastectomy and genetic factors in breast cancer.

The sessions will be presented by practitioners in the Breast Answer Group, a collaborative of the largest hospital-based breast centers in Greater Cincinnati, says Dr. Susan Weinberg. Weinberg is a diagnostic radiologist at the Bethesda North Center for Breast Care.

Thursday will be Brinker's first visit to Cincinnati, Weinberg says.

"Nancy Brinker has raised more money for breast cancer than anybody anywhere in the world. She's raised $300 million for research," Weinberg says.

The evening will include exhibits from several local breast cancer awareness organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the YWCA, the Pink Ribbon Girls, the Breast Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and the Wellness Community.

The Komen Foundation, established in 1982 in memory of Brinker's sister, is considered the leading catalyst in breast cancer awareness. It has more than 75,000 volunteers in 115 affiliates in the United States and abroad.

The foundation's best known event is the Komen Race for the Cure, which had 1.4 million participants in 2002.

E-mail pofarrell@enquirer.com




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