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Experts to Discuss the Latest in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – October is breast cancer awareness month. Based on current incidence rates, 12.4 percent of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer at some time during their lives, according to the National Cancer Institute. Although the statistic is alarming, being proactive and informed about the latest prevention and treatment options is the best defense for any woman.

A team of local healthcare providers from SSM Health Cancer Center at JCMG will discuss the latest advances in breast cancer treatment at a free seminar, “Cancer Conversations,” on Tuesday, October 18, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Hawthorn Bank Community Room, 3600 Amazonas Drive in Jefferson City.

Find out the latest in risk factors, screening recommendations, surgical treatment, chemotherapy, high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, lymphedema and post-mastectomy pain treatment options.

“This event is for everyone, including patients and family members with questions. It’s also designed for those who want to learn more about breast cancer and current treatments,” says Anne Petersen, M.D., JCMG Surgery. “Some people in the community with a family history, or who think they might be at high risk, may learn some new information.”

Other providers who will address current cancer topics include: Bonnie Smith, M.D., Radiology; Jonathan Roberts, JCMG Surgery; Shadi Haddadin, M.D., JCMG Oncology/Hematology; John Bechtel, MD, SSM Health St. Mary’s Radiation Oncology; Denise Hagemann, OTR/L, CLT, SSM Health St. Mary’s Physical Therapy; and Krishna Mettu, MD, JCMG Sleep Medicine.

Seating is limited. Be sure to reserve your space by October 14, by calling 1-844-SSM-WELL (776-9355) or visit

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