Pink Courage: Genetic Testing

SPRINGDALE, AR - Breast cancer research is constantly evolving and there is an opportunity for survivors to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

"At Komen Ozark, we make sure that we're addressing breast cancer from the very beginning to the very end," said Susan G. Komen Ozark Executive Director, Lauren Marquette.

Breast cancer survivors are learning about genetic testing, risk assessment and high-risk screening.

"These are essential, in my opinion, to continue further educating all of us who are cancer survivors or individuals out there who just need or want to know," said Gloria Flores Passmore, a breast cancer survivor.

The quarterly presentations are part of the Komen Ozark Survivorship Series. Survivors are able to keep up with the latest research and resources.

"It's just looking at things that survivors might be interested in, trying to find topics that would improve their quality of life... Our main high risk tool right now, in addition to mammograms, is breast MRI and so MRI has been found to be much more sensitive to finding small breast cancers," said Dr. Danna Grear, a radiologist at The Breast Center of NWA - A MANA Clinic.

The series is also a chance for survivors to ask experts questions and connect with those fighting the same disease.

"We have local radiologists, oncologists, social workers, nurses and so it's a good, high quality presentation that we're able to offer thanks to volunteer presenters," said Marquette.

The next workshop is set for December and it is completely free for survivors.

"The research is key to the success and the advocation that they've done nationwide is what has given me the advantage to survive," said Flores Passmore.

 


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