Going to the doctor for regular breast cancer screenings can save lives, a topic that will be explained at an upcoming women's health forum with events in the Oklahoma City area.
“In a majority of cases, for the people appropriately screened, we catch (the cancer) at a much earlier stage, so our goal is to catch things before they turn into an invasive cancer,” said Dr. David Burger, medical director at Integris Comprehensive Breast Center.
“Unfortunately, we see a lot of women who come in who have not been getting their appropriate screenings, and they're usually at an advanced stage.”
Burger is one of several medical health professionals who will speak at the Integris Women's Health Forum, with events Sept. 8-22 in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.
Burger said he and Dr. Melanie Pearce, medical director at Integris Southwest Breast Health and Imaging Center, will talk about current breast cancer screening guidelines and what measures high-risk patients should take. The talk also will include what preventive measures women can take to help decrease their risk of developing breast cancer.
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The forum is made up of several events throughout the Oklahoma City area. For example, Burger's is at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at TeaLicious, at 200 SE 19 in Moore.
Diane Keaton, an award-winning actress, author and director, will speak during the forum Sept. 9 at the Civic Center Music Hall. The free event is full.
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