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White Plains Hospital Hosts Symposium In Breast Health For Jewish Women

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains Hospital has partnered with Temple Israel Center of White Plains and several local synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations in Westchester to host an informational program, “Know Our Genes: First Annual Symposium on Breast Health for Ashkenazi Jewish Women” on Sunday morning, June 8 at Temple Israel Center.

Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m., and featured presentations will begin at 9 a.m. Temple Israel Center is located at 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.

The program was created through the collaboration of Dan Costin, M.D., F.A.C.P, co-medical director of the White Plains Hospital Cancer Program and Nancy Parkes, education director of Temple Israel Center.

Their goal was to create a conference to inform and to empower women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent to be proactive in making important decisions about their health by equipping women with up to date medical information on breast cancer genetics, risk factors, screening and prevention.

The lectures will include: "Myths and Facts about Breast Cancer"; "Cancer Risk in Jews: Why Us?"; "The Genetic Counseling Session; Breast Cancer Screening in High Risk Women"; and “Why I Got Tested for BRCA.”

The highlighted talks will be followed by interactive breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to breast health. A faculty of nationally recognized leaders in the field has been assembled including doctors Mark Gordon, Karen Green, Caren Greenstein, Susan Klugman, Sunny Mitchell, Sara Sadan, and Randy Stevens. All participants are invited to ask questions of the speakers before the morning concludes promptly at 11:45 a.m.

Reservations for the symposium are required and seating is limited. Call (914) 948-2800, ext. 143, or email Nancy Parkes at n.parkes@templeisraelcenter.org for reservations or more information. All early registrants will be entered into a special raffle. 

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