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24 April 2008
Emory To Hold Town Hall on Breast Cancer in African-American Women
Emory Winship Cancer Institute will host a community Town Hall meeting focused on breast health issues for African-American women on Thursday, May 15, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Emory Crawford Long Hospital.

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In addition to a range of breast health issues, the meeting will include information on triple negative disease, a fast moving and dangerous form of breast cancer that is resistant to targeted therapies, leaving few options for treatment other than chemotherapy. This form of breast cancer strikes pre-menopausal African-American women at nearly the twice the rate of young white women.

An estimated 15 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer will have triple negative breast cancer. In a recent population study, Emory researchers found that almost 47 percent of breast cancers in African-American women under the age of 55 were triple negative.

"This promises to be an exceptional outreach and education opportunity for women in our community," says Ruth O'Regan, MD, director of translational breast cancer research at Emory Winship and one of the town hall panelists. "The goal of this event is to deliver a message about the importance of breast cancer awareness and early detection." Linda Torrence, director of community affairs for FOX 5 Atlanta television, will serve as the moderator for the town hall meeting. Panelists include Dr. O'Regan, Rogsbert Phillips, MD, a surgical oncologist at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and Harvey Bumpers, MD, director of surgical oncology and breast services at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Other panelists include:

  • Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, MD, surgical oncologist and director of oncologic services at the AVON Foundation Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center at the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady
  • Karen Godette, MD, radiation oncologist at Emory Crawford Long Hospital
  • Karen Neely, an attorney with Powell Goldstein, LLP, triple negative survivor and director of the Triple Pink Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness about triple negative breast cancer
  • Eric Beverly, co-founder of The Eric R. Beverly Foundation, husband of a three-time breast cancer survivor, retired 10-year NFL veteran
  • Mary Newell, MD, breast imaging radiologist at Emory Winship Cancer Institute
  • Diane Senor-Crosby, nurse practitioner at the Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence at Grady
  • Amelia Zelnak, MD, medical oncologist at Emory Winship Cancer Institute.

The meeting will be held at the Emory Crawford Long Hospital Glenn Auditorium. The meeting will begin with a light supper followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.

For more information or to register for the Jean Sindab Project Triple Negative Town Hall Meeting, call 404-778-2000 or log onto

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