Learn the Latest about Cancer Prevention and Detection for Women
“Many cancer deaths could be prevented by making healthy choices
like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active,
and getting recommended screening tests,” states the American Cancer
Society (ACS) on its web site.
Over the years, we have learned there are things each of us can do to help
prevent some types of cancer or detect it at an earlier stage, when treatment
may be more effective.
“When it comes to cancers that occur more frequently in females,
it is useful for a woman to know whether she has an average or an increased
level of risk,” said medical oncologist Vandana Sharma, MD, medical
director of the Washington Cancer Genetics program. “With women,
we usually think of cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus and cervix.
However, today, the cancer with the greatest number deaths in women is
In 2015, the ACS estimates:
- More than 105,000 American women will be newly diagnosed with lung cancer.
- More than 71,600 American women will die of lung cancer.
To learn the latest on early detection and prevention of cancer in women,
you are invited to a free wellness program sponsored by Washington Women’s
Center on Tuesday, September 15 from 1 to 2 p.m. At the event, Dr. Sharma
will share information on the latest screening guidelines for different
cancers, along with lifestyle changes you can make to decrease your risk
The program will be held in the Washington Women’s Center Conference
Room in the Washington West building, 2500 Mowry Ave., in Fremont. For
more information or to reserve your spot, register online at whhs.com/seminars
or call (800) 963-7070.
The presentation is part of Washington Women’s Center’s “Healthy
Knowledge at Noon” series about topics to help women improve their
overall health. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch.
Dr. Sharma will review the latest information on cancer screenings for
women who are at average and elevated risk for different types of cancer.
She will also discuss lifestyle changes you can take to decrease your
risk of cancer, as well as specific medical interventions that may help
- A vaccine that can help to prevent cervical cancer
- Medications that can help to prevent breast cancer
- Surgery that can help to prevent ovarian cancer
Dr. Sharma will discuss treatment options, including diet and exercise,
as well as surgery for women at high risk.
“Our ability to detect and treat cancer is improving all the time
and so the number of cancers per 1,000 people continues to decrease. However,
the overall number of cases continues to increase,” explained Dr.
Sharma. “That’s because the size of our population keeps growing.
Also, cancer is generally a disease of aging and people today are living
Looking to the future, Dr. Sharma will touch on new immunotherapy treatments
that stimulate a person’s immune system to help fight cancer.
“We have always thought having a healthy immune system helps to prevent
cancer,” added Dr. Sharma. “But now, preliminary data is showing
that a healthy immune system can also fight cancer at a more advanced
Think Pink is coming
Dr. Sharma will also be a speaker at Washington Women’s Center’s
upcoming seventh annual Think Pink breast health awareness fair on Thursday,
October 15, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The free event will include interactive
booths, informative lectures and more. For more information or to register,
call (510) 608-1301.
Throughout the year, Washington Women’s Center sponsors a host of
wellness and support programs for women. Two examples are Mindful Meditation
and Yoga held on Wednesday evenings and Candlelit Yoga on Monday nights.
For more information or to register, call (510) 608-1301.
To find out more about Washington Women’s Center, go to whhs.com/womenscenter.
To learn more about cancer, visit the web site of the American Cancer
Society at cancer.org.