UofA 4th Annual Breast Cancer Symposium

One. Two. Three. Four.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, we hosted our fourth annual breast cancer symposium. It was so wonderful to see people take time out of their busy schedules to attend our event. With each symposium, we are educating more and more people about breast cancer, preventative techniques, and possible treatments.

We invited three speakers to talk at our symposium, Dr. Mary Hitt, Karla, Heintz, and Monica McKay.

Our first speaker, Dr. Hitt, is an oncology professor from the University of Alberta. She conducts research on tumor-targeted cancer gene therapy and viral oncolysis. Her talk on using viruses to target cancer cells was extremely interesting. This is a little bit different from traditional treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. However, a potential new method of cancer treatment is an excellent sign for breast cancer patients.

Our second speaker, Karla Heintz, is a Breast Health 101 specialist from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. She talked about healthy lifestyle choices that can decrease the risk of breast cancer, including limiting alcohol intake, eating healthy, and exercising. Her talk was incredibly informative, and I have since made some changes in my lifestyle. I started eating more fruits and vegetables. I feel like a bunny rabbit at times. I’m constantly munching on carrots and celery. =P

Our final speaker of the evening, Monica McKay, is a breast cancer survivor that spoke at the 2012 CIBC Run for the Cure. We were incredibly pleased to have her attend our symposium. Many of us, including myself, have not experienced breast cancer first-hand, but her talk really allowed me to experience what she felt when undergoing diagnosis and treatment.

Watch Monica’s journey with cancer in the video above!

I hope you found this video inspiring, and I hope you will join me and many others in the fight against breast cancer. I would like to wish you all the very “breast” health.


Cary is a YAC Member and guest blogger on Unhooked


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