Breast Cancer Awareness Assoc. Conference

 This year in Minnesota, an estimated 3,200 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed.

To help empower anyone affected by breast cancer to make informed critical decisions about treatment, survivorship and support, the Minnesota-based Breast Cancer Awareness Association will host its 12th Annual Education Conference 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S.

Founded by two breast cancer survivors, Ann Harris and Lois Joseph, the Education Conference will deliver a full day of the latest research and information about breast health, nutrition, care, prevention, meditation and more from renowned local and national experts in a supportive, inspiring and nonthreatening environment.

The Education Conference is designed to inform and empower women and men affected by breast cancer or wanting to learn more – newly diagnosed, in treatment, survivors, caregivers, family members and advocates. In past years, more than 500 people have attended the conference.

The day will be filled with educational sessions as well as resources and entertainment, including:

Seminars: Renowned breast health experts will share information on prevention, treatment and survivorship. Conference attendees can choose to attend two of the 12 65-minute sessions offered:

• Breast Cancer and the Media: What to believe and why – Barbara Bowers, M.D.

• Interventional Nutrition – Greg Plotnikoff, M.D.

• Breast Cancer and Imaging – Lisa Schneider, M.D.

• The Power of Breath – Laurie Ellis-Young

• Bringing Sexy Back: Balancing Fatigue, Hormones and Libido – Alyse Hamilton, M.D.

• Innovations in Plastic Surgery – Joseph Rucker, M.D.

• Vaccines and Prevention of Metastasis – Keith Knutson, Ph.D. (two sessions)

• Genetics and Breast Cancer – Shari Baldinger CDC

• Lymphedema and Cording Syndrome – Linda Koehler

• Oncology Updates – TBA

• Environmental Risks: The Good and the Bad – Lynne Eldridge, M.D.

Conference attendees can gather information on products and services from local breast health organizations, including Underneath It All, Piper Breast Center, Fairview Breast Center and Minnesota Oncology.

Breast cancer survivors, men and women, can strut their stuff on the runway to celebrate their recovery and inspire others in “A Sense of Style” fashion show. Fashions will be provided by Chico’s and Len Druskin and accessories by Brighton.

Tickets are $45 for a full day, $35 for a full day for a breast cancer survivor, $450 for full day reserved table of 10, $30 for lunch and afternoon only and $20 for students.


– Compiled by Matthew Hankey