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Breast cancer advocate Susan Love to deliver keynote at Stanford Women’s Health Forum

A founding mother of the breast cancer advocacy movement, Susan Love, MD, will kick off this year's Stanford Women's Health Forum with a talk, "A Future Without Breast Cancer: Where Are We and What Can We Do," at the May 15 event.

Love is a clinical professor of surgery at UC Los Angeles and president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. After dedicating years of her life to patient advocacy, she became a patient herself when she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia last year; she recently shared her experiences as a patient on a New York Times blog.

In addition to Love, the free community event will feature experts from throughout the School of Medicine. From our release:

Previous health forums have been "an opportunity for people in the community to learn about important medical issues affecting women and about the groundbreaking research done at Stanford," said Lynn Westphal, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology... "At this year's forum, anyone who has been touched by cancer, either personally or through a loved one, will benefit from the discussions."

Other speakers at the forum will discuss a variety of topics, including breast cancer diagnosis, risk and surgery; headaches during sexual activity; contraception; stress and survivorship; lung cancer in nonsmokers; cancer-related sleep problems; weight-loss diets; colorectal screening and cancer; facial rejuvenation; and sunscreen and skin cancer prevention. Among the Stanford speakers will be headache specialist Robert Cowan, MD, clinical professor of neurology and neurological sciences; oncology professor Mark Pegram, MD, who directs Stanford's breast cancer program; and nutrition researcher Christopher Gardner, PhD, associate professor of medicine.

The forum is being presented by the Stanford Center for Health Research on Women & Sex Differences in Medicine (known as the WSDM Center). Registration for the half-day event is now open.

Previously: A call to advance research on women's health issues, Exploring sex differences in the brain, Stanford 2011 Women's Health Forum videos available on the web, Women's Health Forum videos online and Nancy Snyderman speaks at Stanford Women's Health Forum

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