Women’s health conference draws more than 300

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More than 300 area women attended the ninth annual Johns Hopkins Medicine’s “A Woman’s Journey” health conference and luncheon at the Palm Beach County Convention Center recently.

The award-winning conference focusing on women’s health issues presented eight seminars on the latest advances in preventing, detecting and treating diseases in women, such as heart disease and cancer.

The conference opened with a heart-healthy breakfast and a presentation by oncologist Dr. Julie Brahmer, who revealed breakthroughs in cancer treatments, including immunotherapy, a promising new strategy to recruit the body’s own defense mechanisms, and the role of DNA testing to enable personalized medicine for cancer. She shared the promising results seen by three of her women patients battling lung cancer through such specialized treatments.

Guests then attended two seminars of their choosing presented by Johns Hopkins physicians.

During lunch, cardiologist Dr. Gordon Tomaselli shared why heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death among women, and what women can do to decrease their risk. Tomaselli, a former president of the American Heart Association, also shared new treatments in the field of cardiology, including the role stem cells may play in understanding and treating heart disease.

“This annual event continues to raise awareness in our local community that, as women, it is vital we take control of our health and remain well educated about diagnostic and treatment options,” said Betsy Meany, co-chairman of the event.

Mary Freitas, Erin McGould and Debra Vasilopoulos joined Meany as co-chairs of the event. Susan Keenan and Susan Telesco were the 2016 honorary chairs.

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