Southeastern Symposium on Breast Cancer Disparities Upcoming

March 10, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will sponsor the Southeastern Symposium on Breast Cancer Disparities, Friday March 28 at the Marriott Hotel, 425 North Cherry St. Registration is required.

The symposium will address the differences in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer in minority women and other underserved groups and white women in America, describe issues affecting breast cancer survivorship, and examine mechanisms for community outreach in breast cancer detection, treatment and research.
“The unequal burden of breast cancer is evident throughout our nation,” said John H. Stewart IV, M.D., assistant professor of surgical oncology and director of the tumor immunotherapy program at Wake Forest Baptist. “This conference will bring a particular focus on issues that are specific to the Southeast.”
Themes to be discussed during the symposium include:
• Disparities in breast cancer incidence by race.
• Breast cancer biology.
• Genetics.
• Breast cancer screening.
• Surgical management of breast cancer.
• Disparities in treatment given in addition to primary breast cancer therapy.
• Community programs to reduce disparities in prevention, detection and treatment.
Guest speakers include Molly Poleto, R.N., B.S.N., director of business development at HANYS Solutions, a for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), and Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., professor of surgery and associate dean, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and board member of the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health.
Researchers, clinicians, medical residents and medical students and members of the public with an interest in breast cancer and minority health are encouraged to attend. For information, email Stewart at Continuing medical education credits will be offered.
To register, contact Lisa Peavler,, the Northwest Area Health Education Center of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, (336) 713-7729


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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Brenner Children’s Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine and Piedmont Triad Research Park. The system comprises 1,154 acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993. Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of its doctors considered best by their peers. The institution ranks in the top third in funding by the National Institutes of Health and fourth in the Southeastern United States in revenues from its licensed intellectual property.

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