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|On Friday November 16, 2001 a breast health symposium and art exhibition was held in Vanier Hall at the University of Windsor. Select artworks from the March 2001 exhibition, “Examining Our Breasts” were on display. A brochure designed by Françoise Doherty and Steven Haigh outlining the project and providing a selection of art images was distributed at the symposium. Three guest speakers shared their unique perspectives with the audience. |
Select artworks from the March 2001 exhibition, "Examining Our Breasts" at Lebel Gallery.
Dr. Lisa Newman, Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Director of the Alexander J. Walt Comprehensive Breast Center, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University, Detroit, is an accomplished researcher particularly in the area of breast cancer impact on African-American women. Emphasis on early breast cancer detection and current surgical trends were presented. Dr. Newman indicates that “a future goal is to attempt to avoid surgery completely” and to provide equal access to screening and treatment for all women.
Lynn Chappell, Regional Administrator Ontario Breast Screening Program, South and Southwestern Ontario, and a breast cancer survivor, presented current statistics and the risk factors associated with breast cancer. She suggests that the best protection against breast cancer is finding the cancer as early as possible through regular screening.
Lynn Chappell addresses the audience.
The third guest speaker, Feather Janz, a 29-year-old breast cancer survivor, was diagnosed in 1995. Having been taught to perform breast self examinations by her mother at a young age, she detected a lump in her left breast. Shortly thereafter she detected another lump. Doctors believed she was too young to have breast cancer so suggested she just monitor the lumps. Through a persistent attitude she finally was referred and diagnosed. Her treatment decisions including a modified radical mastectomy and breast reconstruction were facilitated by knowledge. As Feather stated, “The more I learned, the more I felt in control of the situation. As a result, I felt empowered and by gaining knowledge, the fear started to go away.” Feather takes every opportunity to share her story and advocate for women’s breast health. She stresses that “Early detection saves lives. I’m living proof of that.”
(from left) Jill Best, research assistant; Renée Marshall, research assistant; Susan Gold/Smith, Professor; Barbara Thomas, Professor; Feather Janz, guest speaker; and Tabitha Delahunt, research assistant at the November symposium.
The symposium presented a wealth of positive breast health information.
Thank you to all who attended and please share your knowledge with everyone.