On Saturday, March 24, physicians from Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center hosted a health education session entitled “The Basics and Beyond: Empowering all Latinas to Fight Breast Cancer” in both English and Spanish, as part of a free Komen Philadelphia event for the Latina community in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
Edith Mitchell, M.D., FACP, of Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center Multi-Disciplinary Breast Cancer Team, led the health session, and was also awarded the “Partner in Health Equality” award from the Komen Foundation.
Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria-Quiñones Sánchez was among the motivational and educational speakers. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Rev. Bonnie Camarda, Director of Partnerships, Salvation Army
Opportunities at Latinas United for the Cure, held at Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, included breast health education and support through expert panels, survivor testimonials, peer interaction and take-home materials; mammogram signups for eligible women; entertainment; continental breakfast and lunch.
More than 1,000 Latina women celebrated victory over disease with dancing and singing, accompanied by Grupo Fuego.
The health education session from Jefferson given in English included:
- Introduction & Overview by Pramila Rani Anne, MD; Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
- Update on Breast Cancer Screening by Annina Wilkes, MD; Associate Professor, Breast Imaging/Ultrasound Department of Radiology
- The Latest on Surgical Management of Breast Cancer by Adam Berger, MD; Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
- Symptom Management During Breast Cancer Treatment by Rebecca Jaslow, MD; Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology
- Personalized Medicine – the New Paradigm by Tiffany Avery, MD; Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
The health education session given in Spanish included:
- Introduction & Overview by Maria Rodriguez, RN, BSN, MSN; Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Medical Oncology
- Update on Breast Cancer Screening by Angelica Manzur; Medical Student IV; Research Assistant, Department of Medical Oncology
- The Latest on Surgical Management of Breast Cancer by Jose Munoz, MD; Research Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Surgery
- Symptom Management During Breast Cancer Treatment by Alex Mejia, MD; Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Oncology
- Personalized Medicine - the New Paradigm by Ubaldo Martinez-Outschorn, MD; Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology
Dr. Mitchell, who is also the Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center, was awarded the “Partner in Health Equality” award for her work in the community, including breast cancer care and health education.
With breast cancer being the leading cause of cancer death among Latina women, the event empowers multiple generations of Latinas to take the steps that can save their lives today, and establish healthy lifestyle practices that support growing power over the disease for their children.
Latinas United for the Cure is designed specifically to empower the Latina community in improving this statistics, fighting back and surviving breast cancer.
*Photos provided by LuzSelenia Loeb