Thursday, September 24, 2009

Breast Cancer Screening Offered

If you're a woman, mark your calender for Wednesday, October 7. That's when we're inviting you to join us for an evening of frank and honest discussion about women’s breast health hosted by WJZ-TV 13 news anchor Mary Bubala.

Clinical breast exams will be offered on a first come basis, and all are encouraged to take tours of the new, spa-like Samuelson Breast Care Center. Light refreshments will be served.


Dawn Leonard, M.D.
Breast surgeon
Medical director, Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center
Dr. Leonard will open the evening’s program with a discussion about regular screening and early detection of breast cancer.

Deb Kirkland, B.S.N., M.P.H.
Breast nurse navigator, Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center
Deb will talk about the importance of breast self exams/breast self awareness, especially in younger women. As a survivor, she will share her personal experience with breast cancer and how it evolved into the role of Nurse Navigator for breast cancer patients in the Breast Care Center.

Shannan DeLany Dixon, M.S., C.G.C.
Genetic counselor, LifeBridge Health
Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Human Genetics, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Shannan will discuss the key risk factors and warning signs of hereditary breast cancer. She will focus on the importance of a family history of cancer and talk about two key genes, BRCA 1 and 2. She will also cover what genetic testing can and cannot tell us, and how this information is useful to doctors and patients.


5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Registration, clinical breast exams and self-guided tours.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Speaker program and question and answer session.
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Clinical breast exams and self-guided tours.

To register for a screening and/or the speaker program, call 410-601-WELL (9355).

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