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DELAND, Fla., November 9, 2015 – On Oct. 29, community members joined Florida Hospital DeLand for a free educational cancer lecture and lunch on breast cancer.
“Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2015, it's estimated that just under 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers,” said Florida Hospital DeLand hematologist/oncologist Dr. Shemin Saferali.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
“Many women think that if they do not have a family history of breast cancer, then they are not at risk for breast cancer – but unfortunately, that is just not true,” Saferali said. “About 85 percent of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. In fact, the two most significant risk factors for developing breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).”
At the Florida Hospital DeLand Cancer Institute, Saferali treats all types of cancer. However, she has had extensive training in breast oncology at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. She is excited about new, more effective, less toxic options in cancer therapy and has been involved in several large clinical trials.
About Florida Hospital DeLand
Florida Hospital DeLand is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 156-beds, Florida Hospital DeLand is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and Disease-Specific Care Certified by the Joint Commission in Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgery. Additionally, the hospital is Chest Pain Accredited with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and is also a Certified Stroke Center. For more information about Florida Hospital DeLand, visit www.fhdeland.org.