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Empowering Women to Take Control and Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer; Community Symposium Held at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (April 13, 2004) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center, Sisters in Touch and the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project encourage women to attend an empowering symposium and luncheon on April 17, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. in the main auditorium of Fox Chase Cancer Center. This free event is open to the public and will offer free mammograms on site. Between guest speakers, free mammograms and educational workshops, women will leave this event with the tools to take control of their breast health.

"Prevention starts with education," said Wallace Young, director of community outreach at Fox Chase. "Breast health is promoted through education and regular screenings. At Fox Chase, we are dedicated to making this available for all women in the community. Together with the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project and Sisters in Touch our efforts have the ability to reach more women."

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that 215,990 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year alone. To discuss similar statistics from the ACS and a variety of other topics are guest speakers Lorina Marshal-Blake, vice president of government relations at Independence Blue Cross; Fatima Gamble, co-founder of Universal Companies and The Wellness of You; Gwen Foster, Health & Fitness Czar of Philadelphia and Denise Saunders, news anchor for CBS 3.

Fox Chase surgical oncologist, Michael Torosian, MD, and clinical psychotherapist, Veruschka R. Biddle, PhD, will lead a workshop on spirituality and health. Their recent books Spirit to Heal and Spirit to Heal and Journal of Prayer, explore finding spirituality and the importance it plays in coping with a disease such as breast cancer. Other workshops will focus on nutrition and physical activity, and stress and coping skills.

Registration is required. Lunch will be provided and mammograms will be conducted on a first come, first served basis.

For more information or to register for the event please call the office of Sisters is Touch at 215-232-1115 or via email at

Fox Chase and the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project recently joined forces to "establish a community based program for cancer education related to primary and secondary prevention of cancer in the Philadelphia African American community." This is the second symposium hosted by Fox Chase and the Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project on breast cancer.

The Philadelphia Black Women's Health Project offers many programs focusing on improving the health of black women. Its Sisters In Touch Program was one of the first programs in Philadelphia to focus on providing early detection and breast health education services to black women.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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