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The Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is inviting members of the medical fraternity to attend and support its Breast Cancer Medical Symposium, which takes place on Sunday, October 21.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, and targets doctors, nurses, and medical students and students preparing for Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) Biology.

Fundraising and Public Relations Officer at the JCS, Shullian Brown, told JIS News that the symposium will include a comprehensive and informative package that will increase the knowledge of medical professionals and enhance their  ability to assist patients that are affected by breast cancer.

The event, she said, forms part of activities to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is observed in October of each year and is also in keeping with the Society's ongoing education and awareness campaign.

Issues to be examined are: Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis by Dr. Deria Cornwall; Tobacco and Women by Dr. Knox Hagley; Epidemiology and Public Health Consideration by Dr. Tamu Davidson-Sadler; Update on Treatment Options for Breast Cancer by Dr. Clive Thomas; Complete Decongestive Therapy, The Gold Standard in Managing Lymphoedema Post Breast Cancer Treatment by Dr. Bernadette Frankson;  Sentinel Lymphnode Biopsy for Breast Cancer by Dr. Patrick Roberts; and Palliative Care in Breast Cancer by Dr. Dingle Spence.

Doctors attending the conference are required to pay a fee of $2000; nurses, $1000 and students with identification will enter free of cost.

Three Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be awarded to medical doctors, who attend the symposium.