Living with Breast Cancer 9th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Educational Conference

Each year an estimated 3,500 women and 68 men in the state of Minnesota are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. With each diagnosis comes the fear of the unknown and the need for reliable and current information, a clear support system and access to local resources. For individuals impacted by breast cancer, as well as their family and friends, the resources available in Minnesota are among the most outstanding in the nation. To assist cancer patients become their own best advocates, The Breast Cancer Awareness Association provides a forum with the latest information on breast cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship issues.

The Living with Breast Cancer Educational Conference will be held on Saturday, October 9, 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In a supportive, inspiring and non-threatening environment, Living with Breast Cancer provides the education and resources desired by the growing number of people touched by breast cancer each year. The conference provides a forum, resources and sense of inspiration for all that attend. This year’s conference is being organized in collaboration with the Minnesota Affiliate of Susan G Koman.

Renowned breast cancer health experts will share information on prevention, treatment and survivorship. This year’s seminars are:

Creating the Chemistry of Joy: Using Nature and Wisdom to Restore a Healthy Mood
Henry Emmons, MD

Knowledge is Power: Updates in Oncology
Barbara Bowers, MD

Cosmetic Consequences: Anecdotal or Reality?
Sheila Mossberg
Lori Weisen
Elizabeth Moriarity

Radiation & Imaging: Future Views
Meghan McKeon, MD

The ABC’s of Energy: About Balance and Connect
Barbara Fermon

Heart Health and Women
Norma Thiessen, MD

What’s New: Prevention, Identification & Management of Hereditary Breast Cancer
Sandhya Pruthi, MD
Ashley VanDenBoom., CGC

Staying Abreast: Innovations in Plastic Surgery
Mark Migliori, MD
Jennifer Harrington, MD
Dave Ruebeck, MD

Nutritional Needs of Women
Jeff Woodward

Landmarks in the Treatment of Breast Cancer
Avina Singh, MD

Clinical Trials: Mapping Our Future
Tufia Huddad, MD

Health Coaching and Cancer: Discover Your Path
Betsy Lane-Gretaz

Women and Money: Taking Care of Your Financial Health
Maura Steblay

Participants will have the opportunity to visit with local health organizations and learn more about services, health products and support available in Minnesota. Among this year’s resources are: American Center Society; Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Virginia Piper Breast Center; Alliance African American Breast Cancer; John W. Nick Foundation – Dedicated to Male Breast Cancer Awareness; Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition; Sage Screening Program – MN Department of Health; Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Minnesota Affiliate; and many more

Possibly the highlight of the day’s programs is the inspiration given in the Sense of Style Show where men and women breast cancer survivors walk the runway to demonstrate, celebrate and inspire the journey through breast cancer. Fashions and make-up are provided by Bloomingdale’s; accessories by Brighton Collectibles and Hair by Hair Police

For more information about the Living with Breast Cancer Educational Conference and to register go to Registration fees range from $25 for student to $45. The BCEA is commited to making this unique educational conference available to all regardless of a person’s financial situations, some scholarships are available. If you would like to sponsor a scholarship in honor of or in memory of a friend or loved one, your tax-deductable gift can be made by going to