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Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to Host 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update on April 22

Date: March 11, 2015

Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
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DOVER, Del. (March 11, 2015)– The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce that the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at Dover Downs Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Breast Cancer Update features leading medical experts and speakers discussing the most up-to-date information on breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. The annual one-day educational forum is free and open to the public and has become one of Delaware’s most trusted sources of up-to date breast cancer information.
The 2015 program is co-chaired by Nanci Mayer-Mihalski and Wilma Yu, RN, BSN, MS, CEN.

“This year’s Breast Cancer Update highlights the past, the present, and the future of breast cancer,” expressed Nanci Mayer-Mihalski, Co-Chair of the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update. “Attendees can expect to learn about the history of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, understand the research that impacts new treatments, and explore therapies that can enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of a breast cancer survivor today.”

Featured speakers for this year’s conference include: Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS, , Breast Center at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System; Stuart Martin, PhD, Associate Professor of Physiology, University of Maryland; Kenneth L. van Golen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware; Maria Theodoulou M.D., Medical Oncologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, NY; Owen Thomas, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Beebe Healthcare Tunnell Cancer Center; Lisa Marshall, OTR/L, CLT, Director of Specialty Rehabilitation Inc. Providing services at Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System; and breast cancer survivors Jennifer Denham, Suzanne Murphy and Amanda Perdue. Moderators include Pranitha Naini, MD, Hematology, Medical Oncology, Bayhealth Medical Center; Dennis Witmer, MD, FACS, Board of Trustees, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and Vice Chair of Surgery for Surgical Quality and Performance Improvement, Christiana Care Health System and Joseph Rubacky III, DO, Family Physician, Dover Family Physicians and Board of Trustees, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

“As Delaware’s most trusted resource on breast cancer, DBCC is pleased to present the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update which will explore pertinent topics in diagnosis and treatment to be presented by expert speakers,” said Wilma Yu, RN, BSN, MS, CEN, Co-Chair of the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update. “As the event co-chair for the past several years, it is a pleasure to lead one of DBCC’s signature programs, providing the most current breast cancer information and research for healthcare professionals as well as the community.”

The event features discussions by panels of breast cancer experts and attracts nearly 400 community members each year including physicians, nurses, social workers, breast cancer survivors, and advocates. 4.25 contact hours and .42 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available to nursing professionals and social workers for $30.00. Registration is available at Registration will end on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Support for the 2015 update is made possible by: Bayhealth Medical Center, Beebe Healthcare, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System, C.M. Baker Photography, Corexcel, Delaware Department of Health and Social Services - Division of Public Health, Delaware State News, Genentech, Genomic Health, Highmark Delaware, Mid-Delaware Imaging, Nanticoke Health Services, The Rubacky Family, and Tanger Outlets Rehoboth. Additional sponsors and exhibitors will be announced at the event. Opportunities to exhibit at the Update are still available.

For additional details about the 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update, including an agenda and online registration, please visit or visit or call 302-778-1102 ext. 1014. Dover Downs is located at 1131 North Dupont Highway in Dover. The event will be held in Ballrooms B and C.


About DBCC:

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care. 

DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at