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Think Pink Offers Breast Health Education and Support

October 01, 2013

Cancer Survivor Jennifer Tilton One of Speakers at 5th Annual Event

For the fifth year in a row, Washington Hospital is hosting its free Think Pink event to coincide with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Think Pink offers women the latest information on breast health as well as breast cancer screening guidelines and treatments. This year's event is supported by grants from Genentech and Ambry Genetics.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Tent Atrium at Washington West located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont. Guest speakers at the program will include:

* Surgeon Dr. William Dugoni, Medical Director of the Women's Health Program at Washington Township Medical Foundation. Dr. Dugoni will provide an update on Washington Women's Center's nationally accredited Breast Center.

* Washington Hospital Radiologist Dr. Mimi Lin, who will discuss breast cancer risk assessment screening and mammography guidelines.

* Oncologist Dr. Vandana Sharma, Medical Director of Washington Hospital's Genetics Counseling Program and Oncology Program. Dr. Sharma will discuss genetic testing and counseling, and prophylactic mastectomy for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

* Dr. Vera Packard, Executive Director of the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, who will offer a motivational presentation on 'Embracing Change'

In addition, the event will feature 12-year breast cancer survivor Jennifer Tilton, who will share her own success story and her insights as a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the early age of 27. (See related story.)

"Think Pink is a great opportunity for women to learn more about taking care of themselves and to talk with experts in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment," says Ruth Traylor, Washington Hospital's Director of Community Outreach. "In addition to presentations by our guest speakers, we will offer screenings for cholesterol and glucose levels, bone density testing to screen for osteoporosis, and blood pressure checks."

Traylor notes that participants at the Think Pink event also will have the opportunity to speak with representatives of various organizations, including:
* The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation
* The American Cancer Society
* Drivers for Survivors, which provides no-cost rides to medical appointments
* The Washington WomenÕs Center
* The Washington Hospital Radiology Department
* The Washington Township Medical Foundation

In addition, the Think Pink event will offer various interactive activities for participants, and light refreshments will be served.

"This year, we will be offering free chair massages to women who attend Think Pink," says Washington Women's Center Coordinator Laura Constantine, R.N. "Also, throughout October, we will offer a 'Think Pink Special' with 50-minute massages for only $50 at the Women's Center. Our massage therapists are all oncology certified."

The Washington Women's Center offers a variety of advanced diagnostic services as well as numerous wellness and support programs for women in the community. The Women's Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in June 2012 by the American College of Radiology. The Women's Center also is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a non-governmental not-for-profit organization established to identify and recognize breast centers that provide the best possible care to patients with breast disease.

"At the Women's Center, women with an abnormal screening mammography are able to obtain diagnostic mammography within three days," Constantine notes. "Sometimes we are able to get the patient in for a diagnostic mammography the same day. The median time from abnormal diagnostic mammography to diagnosis is seven days. In addition, the breast-conserving surgery re-excision rate at Washington Hospital is 8 percent, considerably lower than the national average of 23 percent."

To register to attend this year's Think Pink event, or for more information, visit whhs.com/think-pink or call (800) 963-7070.