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Oct. 27 brown bag: Breast cancer screening – factors for making your own choices

It’s like a puzzle that has millions of pieces. That’s how the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP) characterizes breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a varied and highly complex disease that can affect women of all ages and races. The CBCRP, which is administered by UC, is working to eliminate breast cancer by leading innovation in research, communication, and collaboration in the California scientific and lay communities.

The facts about breast cancer are startling:

  • Nearly 200,000 California women are living with breast cancer, and today a woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing the disease during her lifetime.
  • Nearly 20,000 Californians will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • Some 80 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history.
  • Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk. In fact, 77 percent of women with breast cancer are over age 50.
  • On the average, every two hours a California woman dies of breast cancer. In California, nearly 4,200 women die of breast cancer every year—that’s more than 11 women who die from the disease every day.

Learn about “Breast Cancer Screening: Factors for Making Your Own Choices” from the Director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program, Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch, in a noontime session on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Attend in person at Franklin 5320 or by teleconference.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • Franklin Building, Room 5320
  • Dial 866-740-1260 and enter access code 7226879.

The President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (PACSW) is sponsoring this session.

More about Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch

Dr. Mhel Kavanaugh-Lynch is the director of the California Breast Cancer Research Program, which is administered by UC. Her work includes setting priorities and developing strategies for the State of California’s research efforts designed to bring an end to breast cancer. She recently led a national panel that developed research strategies to explore disparities and the role of environmental contaminants in breast cancer.

She serves on the oversight group for the NIEHS/NCI Breast Cancer and Environment Research Centers and on the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program. She has served on peer review and advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, as well as for The Breast Cancer Fund, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the American Cancer Society.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Science in Pharmacology and a Doctorate of Medicine from New York University, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She trained in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and in Oncology and Cancer Prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Read more about the California Breast Cancer Research Program.

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