SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Susan G. Komen California Affiliates will be holding a video conference on October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in recognition of National Metastatic Breast Cancer Day. This special statewide video presentation is provided at no cost to participants and open to anyone with an interest in metastatic breast cancer, including those who are living with it, co-survivors, health care providers and community health organizations, and aims to elevate public awareness and understanding of metastatic breast cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer, also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer, is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body - most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain. On average, survival for metastatic breast cancer varies greatly from person to person, with one study finding about 37 percent of women lived at least three years after diagnosis with metastatic breast cancer. Some women may live 10 or more years beyond diagnosis, which means investing in earlier detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer could save many more lives. The emphasis on metastatic breast cancer is a major component of Komen’s goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent in 10 years.
"Today, we know that the majority of breast cancer deaths are likely the result of metastatic breast cancer,” said Komen Sacramento Executive Director, Kelly Mac Millian. “This is why it’s so critical to support research that will help us understand more about metastasis and them to develop effective ways to treat it.”
Hosted by Komen Sacramento, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Video Conversation will also include affiliates from Los Angeles and San Diego, and will cover topics ranging from advanced research into new treatments for aggressive and metastatic disease, to what Komen is doing to seek to out next-generation technologies to prevent breast cancer recurrence and metastasis.
Event speakers will include:
- Rebecca Birch, Public Policy Specialist, Susan G. Komen
- Audrey Millemann, Chair of the Komen CA Collaborative Public Policy Committee
- Shyrea Thompson, Senior Manager, Special Initiatives, Susan G. Komen
- Leah Barros, Associate Lobbyist , Political Solutions
- Dr. Richard Williams, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine and President/CEO of the Minority Health Institute, and President – National Medical Association
- Dr. Khadijah Lang, President, Golden State Medical Association; Founder and Medical Director – Lang Family Practices
- Dr. T. Que Collins, Principal Scientist – Cignature Health
- Dr. Robert Abraham, Senior Vice-President and Group Head, Oncology – Pfizer La Jolla
To register for the video conference, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-mission-to-end-breast-cancer-tickets-28176828653.
Limited seats are available to attend in person sessions in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. Those who are interested are encouraged to reserve a seat by contacting one of the following Komen representatives:
- Kelly Mac Millian, Kelly@komensacramento.org (Sacramento)
- Rhonda Smith, email@example.com (Los Angeles)
- Karla Lopez, Karla@sdkomen.org (San Diego)
Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley services 19 counties in the northern California region. Since 1997, Komen Sacramento has awarded over $18 million to local organizations for innovative breast health and breast cancer services not found elsewhere– serving the uninsured and under insured for screening, education and treatment. For more information about Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley, visit komensacramento.org.