Wilmot Cancer Center Experts Offer Breast Health Tips Oct. 9

Sep. 13, 2010
Avice O'Connell, M.D., F.A.C.R., director of women’s imaging, will lead a discussion of recent research into breast cancer screening rates on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Confused about the new guidelines for mammograms? Doctors at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center’s Comprehensive Breast Care Center will discuss breast cancer screening and the latest research during the fourth annual Breast Health Day.

The free brunch event is 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Wilmot Cancer Center.

“There’s a lot of confusion and controversy about when and how often women should be screened for breast cancer,” said Avice O’Connell, M.D., F.A.C.R., director of women’s imaging for the University of Rochester Medical Center. “We will review the research that led to the current recommendations and answer questions about how it impacts women today.”

Surgeon Howard Langstein, M.D., will also discuss how plastic surgical techniques can rejuvenate, improve and restore the breast, and its impact on breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Participants will also enjoy the humorous antics of Phyl Contestable, who will revive her role as “Reverend Mother” from the hit musical “Nunsense.”

The Wilmot Cancer CenterComprehensive Breast Care Center is dedicated to diagnosing and treating people with breast problems. This model, unique in upstate New York, allows someone who has a breast concern to consult with experts who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. If needed, they can receive a mammogram or more specialized imaging which will be read by a breast imaging expert, and then, if needed, get more specialized imaging and a biopsy to make an accurate diagnosis.  

All members of the breast care team — physicians specializing in breast imaging, breast pathology, breast surgery and reconstruction, medical and radiation therapy, and cancer genetics, as well as nurses, social workers, physical and occupational therapists and clinical trials specialists — are on site and available to work with patients to develop an individualized care plan if cancer is found.

Registration is required, call (585) 275-BRST (275-2778) or online at  Parking is available in the ramp garage.