Join Us for an Important Event: Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improves Outcomes

Event: Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improves Outcomes
Date and Time: Oct. 24, 6-8 p.m.
Location: Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, UCSF Mission Bay Campus

We all have BRCA genes, specific genes that are essential for fighting cancers. But sometimes hereditary gene mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 may be passed down, preventing these important genes from fighting breast, ovarian and other types of cancer. One key to preventing hereditary cancers is through open dialogue–with your family to understand your family history and with your physician to determine which course of action is right for you if breast and ovarian cancers run in your family.

We’re proud to join the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center to open the dialogue about the vital importance of understanding genetic risks associated with BRCA gene mutations and how they affect health outcomes. On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the world’s leading experts who are changing the BRCA landscape in the Bay Area and beyond will come together with patients, referring physicians and community members for Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improves Outcomes.

This event will highlight topics related to BRCA gene mutations and specific diagnostic options available for high-risk breast cancers. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear a panel discussion and meet panelists Heather Greenwood, MD, assistant professor in breast imaging at UCSF; Alan Ashworth, PhD, FRS, president of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; Pamela Munster, MD, director of the Early Phase Clinical Trials Unit and co-leader of the Center for BRCA Research; Mindy Goldman, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF, and Laura Holmes Haddad, breast cancer survivor and author of “This is Cancer: Everything You Need to Know from the Waiting Room to the Bedroom.” Discussing topics ranging from screening for BRCA gene mutations to determining your BRCA status, the UCSF community will share important insights on hereditary cancers and treatment for gene mutations.

The free event will be held in Beyers Auditorium in Genentech Hall, conveniently located for those living and working in and near Mission Bay. It is open to both the public and health care professionals. Food and drink crafted by local businesses will be provided at a reception following the panel discussion.

For more information and to register, please click here.  We look forward to including voices from the San Francisco community in this important conversation aimed at spreading awareness about BRCA gene mutations and how they are connected to breast, ovarian and several other cancers.

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