By Eden Laikin
Seating for tomorrow’s 4th Annual Breast Cancer Summit at the Coral House, is full.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch, and listen, to the stories and presentations throughout the day. The summit – including keynote speaker Fran Drescher, “The Nanny” star – will be “live-streamed” on Nassau County’s website, County Executive Ed Mangano announced today.
To view it, you can either visit:
The event is sponsored by the County of Nassau and the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.
New York State Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon will join Mangano, Drescher and more than 500 breast cancer survivors, support groups, and healthcare professionals at the Summit.
Fran Drescher, a Queens County native, will speak about her personal experience as a 12-year uterine cancer survivor who has turned pain into purpose through her leadership as a cancer advocate. She’ll also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her advocacy and dedication to raising cancer awareness and for her mission – to shift America’s focus toward proactive health care and healthy, toxin-free living.
Healthcare professionals at the summit will discuss the latest innovations, treatments and services for women with breast cancer, specifically focusing on patient education.
Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. Approximately 1 in 8 women (12%) in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Rates on Long Island are among the highest in the nation. Approximately 40,000 women in the United States are expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer.
“A breast cancer diagnosis is life-changing and every woman and man is at risk,” County Executive Mangano said. “I’m proud to have supported various initiatives to raise awareness about breast cancer on Long Island. It can be successfully treated with education and early detection. Be proactive, seek medical treatment for any symptoms and, remember, regular self-exams, clinical exams and mammographies can save lives.”
Mangano also urged listeners to tell their “mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend or any woman you care about” to get checked and “together, we can make a difference. After all, he said, we are all on Long Island together.”
There will be a resource and information expo at the summit as well as clinicians, survivors and experts in the field. The topics being covered include: An Update on Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer; The Role of Breast Conservation Therapy after Being Diagnosed with Breast Cancer and Innovations in Reconstruction.
Drescher is President of a group called Cancer Schmancer.