Obesity and Breast Cancer
Three distinguished researchers are scheduled to speak on “Obesity and Breast Cancer” from 6-8pm Thursday, October 20, at the Columbia St Mary’s WTMC Conference Room, 1st Floor, Van Dyke Cancer Center, 2350 N Lake Drive. The public is invited to hear what research is showing about one of the chief environmental health issues of our time, obesity. The WBCC’s generous co-sponsors for this event are the Cedarburg Junior Women’s Club and Columbia St Mary’s Hospital.
WBCC is proud to host:
Amy Trentham-Dietz – Breast Cancer and the Environment Co-Principal Investigator, Cancer Epidemiology Studies UW-Madison Carbone Cancer Center
“We are interested in how physical activity, body weight, alcohol consumption, medication use, and other factors can either increase or decrease a woman’s risk for developing breast cancer. If we better understand the link between lifestyle factors and cancer, women can modify what they do in order to prevent cancer from developing.”
Rulla Tamimi – Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard
“My goal is to better understand breast cancer risk and prognosis by utilizing molecular markers in epidemiologic studies. Specifically, my research has focused on intermediate markers of breast cancer risk including mammographic density and benign breast diseases (BBD). Many of these studies are based within the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) and Nurses’ Health Study II (NHSII).”
Lisa Arendt – Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences at the UW-Madison in the School of Veterinary Medicine
“Obesity is becoming a global epidemic and is one of the important risk factors associated with breast cancer in postmenopausal women. However, regardless of menopausal status, obese women that are diagnosed with breast cancer develop larger, more aggressive tumors, with an increased incidence of metastases. Since breast tissue is a reservoir of subcutaneous adipose tissue, elucidating the changes in adipose tissue under conditions of obesity is critical for prevention and treatment of obesity-associated cancer.”
Educational Outreach Team: “Your Daughter and Breast Cancer”
Our Educational Outreach team of Dawn Anderson and Laura Stratte are much in demand this fall to speak on “Your Daughter and Breast Cancer.” Three events have been scheduled, and we are especially excited to be bringing our programming and our organization to areas beyond metro Milwaukee. Funding for these events has been provided, in part, by University School of Milwaukee’s Leadership Group and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Please mark your calendars for:
- Oct. 10 at the Women’s Health and Community Education Program at Aurora Healthcare. The presentation is scheduled for 6:30-8:00pm Monday, October 10, at the Sage Room of the Aurora West Allis Medical Center – Women’s Pavilion, 8901 W. Lincoln Avenue in West Allis.
- Nov. 7 at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit, from 6:00-7:30pm. More information is here.
- Nov. 10 at Aurora Medical Center – Oshkosh, from 6:00-7:30pm.
It is one of our goals to bring our breast cancer education to many other groups this year. Our programs are offered free to communities, and can be tailored to particular audiences (i.e., inclusive of young girls, the public, or health care providers.)