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MU School of Nursing, Komen Foundation sponsor breast cancer lecture series

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing and the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will co-sponsor a three-part lecture series on breast cancer detection, treatment and survivorship.

“Breast cancer survivors are living longer due to improvements in screening, detection and individualized treatment plans,” said Jane Armer, Ph.D., R.N., MU Sinclair School of Nursing professor and director of nursing research at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “A lack of awareness about breast cancer risks and resources may lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, and therefore poorer outcomes in morbidity and survivorship. Empowering those at risk with accurate information upon which to base decisions in terms of screening, treatment and survivorship is a crucial first step in improving outcomes in quality of life and years lived.”

The lectureship will feature experts in breast cancer screening, detection and survivorship who will speak to groups of mid-Missouri breast cancer survivors, families, community members, students and health professionals.

The first speaker will be Anna Schwartz, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.N.N., an equine therapist and nurse practitioner at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash. Schwartz will address both equine-assisted therapy and a pioneering national program on exercise in cancer survivorship that she helped develop for breast cancer survivors and families.

Schwartz will present three lectures as part of the lectureship series.

The first lecture, “Equine-assisted Therapy Demonstration,” will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the MU Trowbridge Livestock Center, Ashland Road and Burch Drive in Columbia, Mo.

The second, “Equine-assisted Therapy Dinner Lecture,” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant, 1903 Business Loop 70 East, Columbia, Mo.

The third lecture, “Exercise in Cancer Survivorship,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in Acuff Auditorium in the MU School of Medicine on the corner of Maryland Avenue and Kentucky Boulevard.

Additional speakers and topics for the next two lecture series will be determined at a later date.

The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Melanie Schneider at (573) 884-3249 or mksg28@mail.mizzou.edu.

Pre-registration is required for the Sunday, Oct. 11, dinner. To R.S.V.P. for the different events, please visit http://leresearch.missouri.edu/leresearch and click the “Register” tab.

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