Women's & Children's Hospital September 13, 2012

LAFAYETTE, La. – Sometimes the best gift a woman can give her family is taking care of herself.

More than 800 women are expected to do just that during the 19th annual Breast Cancer Symposium, set for Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Cajundome Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $5.

“A woman tries so hard to play it down – her emotions, what she’s experiencing – because she feels she always needs to be there for her family,” said Linda Rose, a member of the committee that organizes the annual event. “We need to remember to take time to take care of ourselves so we can be at our best for those who count on us.”

Keynote speaker for the event will be Dee Milliken, a registered nurse and breast cancer survivor. She will focus on the role of fitness and nutrition in women’s health before and after diagnosis.

“Fitness plays a key role in reducing a woman’s risk for breast cancer,” Rose said. “Dee will discuss the importance of fitness and nutrition in getting her back on track and stronger after diagnosis. She felt stronger in a quicker way than if she had not taken those steps.”

The Breast Health Symposium began nearly 20 years ago as an idea launched by oncology nurses in Acadiana. The nurses, who founded the Institute for Breast Health that organizes and coordinates the annual event, wanted to bring the latest information about breast health to the area and support women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Symposium features a style show with 30 models who are breast cancer survivors. Included is the latest information on services available in Acadiana for women and families impacted by breast cancer. Participating agencies and businesses include breast imaging and cancer treatment centers.

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Contact Lisa Landry at 989-6764 or Lisa.Landry@hcahealthcare.com for more information