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Leading NYC Health Care Professionals To Probe Challenges in Diagnosing Breast Cancer in Multiethnic Communities at April 7 Symposium

Contact: Scott Sieber, 718-670-1579


Flushing, NY, April 2, 2009 – Health care professionals in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, face a host of unique challenges when it comes to diagnosing and managing breast cancer. To better understand the impact of this pervasive disease on multiethnic communities, a team of health care professionals from across the city will participate in a symposium at New York Hospital Queens to examine several important issues relating to breast cancer for all women, including: 

  • Examinations of research that suggests different ethnic groups have different susceptibilities to breast cancer, and different responses to treatment.
  • Whether or not genetics can clarify why there are differences in the incidence of breast cancer in certain ethnic groups.
  • Why certain ethnic groups tend to live longer with the disease than others.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


New York Hopspital Queens
56-45 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
Lang Auditorium (entrance on Booth Memorial Ave.)


  • Larry Norton, M.D., Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, “Heterogeneity: The Key to Understanding and Controlling Breast Cancer From a Global Perspective”
  • Ming-der Y. Chang, Vice President, Asian Initiatives of the American Cancer Society Eastern Division, “Bridging the Gap of Access to Care”
  • Margaret Chen, M.D., New York Hospital Queens assistant director, the Breast Center, “Ethnicity and Breast Cancer: Biological and Therapeutic Implications”

Photo opportunities and interviews with major speakers are available by contacting Scott Sieber at 718-670-1579, or by e-mail at scs9013@nyp.org. B-roll filming of state of the art mammography center available for television.


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