CABLEVISION SPONSORS BERMUDA CANCER AND HEALTH CENTRE PRESENTATION ON BREAST HEALTH – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

Bermuda CableVision is partnering once again with the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre by sponsoring a presentation on the important topic of breast health. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, October 24, starting at 6:00pm. The talk will be preceded by free screenings and health information starting at 5:15pm.

This year’s discussion topic, “Hereditary Breast Cancer in Bermuda: New Insights, New Approaches,” highlights the focus on groundbreaking new research in genetic testing that makes it possible to predict with more accuracy than ever the inherited predisposition to breast cancer.

A woman’s risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a harmful mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Men with these mutations also have an increased risk of breast cancer.

The speaker is Dr. Kevin S. Hughes, M.D., FACS, Surgical Director, Breast Screening, Co-Director, Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, in the U.S. He will present the latest approaches to genetic testing, in which 23 other genes are now evaluated in addition to BRCA1 and BRCA2.  In the event such mutations are detected via specialised tests, there are a number of options available to help a person manage their cancer risk. Dr. Hughes will also answer questions from the audience about breast health in general.

“Bermuda CableVision is pleased to sponsor this important presentation, as we have in years past, and wish to thank the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre for making it possible, and for their ongoing commitment to the critical public health issue of breast cancer,” says Terry Roberson, General Manager of Bermuda CableVision.  “New breakthrough procedures will be presented which help to identify with greater accuracy than ever those individuals who are at risk. Early detection is key, as it enables doctors to better prevent these cancers or to find them and intervene at an earlier, more treatable stage. We hope for a well-attended event and look forward to Dr. Hughes’ presentation.”

Persons interested in attending the free presentation are invited to call 236-0949 to reserve a seat. For more information or to register online, visit www.chc.bm

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