Combining education on breast cancer and heart disease, attendees learned important warning signs and symptoms, and preventative ways to stay fit and healthy. Fran Herman, DNP, ACNP, from St. Francis Medical Center spoke on breast cancer. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among woman except for skin cancers. While the community enjoyed a healthy lunch, courtesy of St. Francis Medical Center, they learned the about the importance of mammograms, noting your family history and self-exams.
Dr. Frederic Seinfeld, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at St. Francis spoke on heart disease. Dr. Seinfeld stressed that heart disease causes one in every three women’s death each year. Dr. Ketan M. Gala of Mercer Bucks Cardiology spoke on how the signs and symptoms of heart disease are very different in men and woman. “Many women who have major heart attacks don’t even complain of having any chest pain”
In addition to many community members, healthcare students, and staff of St. Francis Medical Center, special guests such as Freeholders Pat Colavita, and Ann Cannon, Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and Deputy Clerk, Walker Worthy, and Liz Tindall, Vice President of the Mid-Jersey Chamber of Commerce, were there enjoying the speakers. Ann Cannon commented on the event saying “This is a premiere event in Mercer County. This is the first event that really tied together both breast cancer and heart disease as a systemic health problem facing woman.”
St. Francis has a comprehensive breast program that provides patients who may have found a lump in their breast or have an abnormal mammogram, a timely appointment with a breast specialist. Regarding heart disease, the community can rest assured that our top-rated cardiologists and outstanding cardiac surgical team combine their compassion and skills at The Heart Hospital at St. Francis—the only state-recognized Regional Cardiac Center in Mercer County.
Patients with questions about the Cardiac Program at St. Francis should call 609-599-5307 and to receive more information about mammograms and breast health call 609-599-5432.
Photo - Fran Herman, DNP, ACNP addresses the audience at the Go Pink Go Red Luncheon held at St. Francis Medical Center on February 19, 2014.