How can I avoid getting breast cancer?

WHAT: A free public lecture and discussion on breast health and the latest in breast cancer screening and prevention, including preventive mastectomies. It is the second in the Cancer Therapy & Research Center’s (CTRC) monthly lecture series for cancer prevention and treatment.

WHO: Peter Ravdin, M.D., Ph.D., director of the CTRC’s Comprehensive Breast Health Clinic at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, accompanied by other breast health professionals, will talk and answer questions.

WHERE: Cancer Therapy & Research Center, 7979 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas, Grossman Building, 4th floor.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“There are ways that many women can more than halve their risk of getting breast cancer,” said Dr. Ravdin, a nationally recognized oncologist who contributed to recent important findings on combined hormone replacement therapy in the Women’s Health Initiative study. “Combinations of diet and exercise, and also taking some medications (and avoiding some others) can have major protective effects. In addition, screening mammography can help by making sure that breast cancer is discovered when it is most treatable, and when the treatments can be the simplest but still very effective.”

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 450-1152.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the elite academic cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Center, and is one of only four in Texas. A leader in developing new drugs to treat cancer, the CTRC Institute for Drug Development (IDD) conducts one of the largest oncology Phase I clinical drug programs in the world, and participates in development of cancer drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. For more information, visit

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