Whether you are a man or woman reading this article, breast cancer will affect you at some point in your life. It is frightening that statistically speaking one in eight of your women-friends and loved ones are being diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news is that survival rates of breast cancer are continuing to increase with early detection methods and improved treatments.

In recognition that knowledge saves lives, and in commemoration of October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” the AIWC is organizing a half-day symposium at our club on Thursday, October 30 from 9:00 to 12:30 with some of the leading private breast cancer specialists in Geneva and the English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA). The symposium is free and open to the women of Geneva and the surrounding area.

Our symposium will also be joined by ESCA (English Speaking Cancer Association). Many of our members are already familiar with ESCA, either from their volunteer work within the organization, or from seeking their help, from attending their presentation at the Club last year, or by participating in the Paddle-for-Cancer Dragon Boat Festivals. See our blog here.

By helping the AIWC Events Committee prepare for this symposium I have had the opportunity to speak with several of the doctors who will be presenting at our Club. What impresses me most is their dedication to their patients and their commitment to fighting this illness. Our club is honored that they will be giving the entire morning to be with us to share their knowledge and expertise.

Our speakers include:

  • Dr. Anne-Patricia Brunelli, Gynecologist, who will talk about risk factors; prevalence, hormonal influence, family, BRCA and lifestyle.
  • Dr. Elsabe Scott-Ber, Radiologist, who will discuss early detection methods as well as how to access a publicly funded Geneva program subsidizing mammograms.
  • Dr. Conny Vrieling, Radiation Oncologist, will inform us on the development of local treatments over time; from mastectomies to radiotherapy.
  • Dr. Marianne Prevot, Plastic Surgeon, who will speak about reconstructive choices.
  • Dr. Anne Hügli, Medical Oncologist and President of SONGe, will explain the work of SONGe and discuss systemic treatments.
  • And lastly, Thea Marais, Health Psychologist and Counsellor for ESCA, will talk about surviving the emotional rollercoaster.

As you can see we have a full schedule with a dynamic group of knowledgeable doctors, specialists and experts. After each presentation, the doctors will be ready to answer any questions you may have. Please call our Welcome Desk (022 736 01 20) to reserve your place at the symposium.

Pink RibbonWe are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland.  If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/