On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Physical and Mental Health Committee held blood pressure screenings and an education presentation of breast cancer in the African American community at St. Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. There were 27 women in attendance.
Sister's Network of Central New Jersey Vice-President, Martisha Dwyer, was present and spoke for a short period about Sister's Network resources, as well as introduced survivors' testimonials. The event presentation featured Dr. Janette McDermott, a breast surgeon. Dr. McDermott maintains her practice at the Center for Breast Health and Disease Management in Metuchen, NJ.
Dr. McDermott discussed the various types of breast cancer and treatment. Of the most aggressive types of cancer discussed was the triple negative breast cancer that is more prevalent in the African and African diaspora communities. She highlighted the need for early detection and encouraged the audience to advocate for themselves with doctors, so they have all of the facts and can make informed decisions. Dr. McDermott also cautioned those seeking to use naturopathic methods (obtained from the internet). She recommends having a serious discussion with their physician because there are variations of breast cancer and what worked for one survivor may not work for the next breast cancer patient. She provided information on lifestyle issues that contribute to the risk of getting breast cancer and encouraged the audience to not be sedentary and to eat a more vegetable based diet.
We invite the public to check our event calendar for future events sponsored by the Physical and Mental Health committee.