“Sadly, this is one of those diseases that does not discriminate in gender, race, ethnicity,” Dr. Patrick Cain told the hundreds attending the Coffee County Breast Cancer and Women’s Health Issues Forum held Oct. 29 at the Enterprise City Schools Service Center. “So I think it’s wonderful that all of you are coming together to bring more awareness about this horrible disease.”
Cain, an assistant superintendent at Enterprise City Schools, welcomed those attending the 21st annual event, hosted by the Coffee County Family Services Center and Sawyer Surgery Clinic.
“One in eight women will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” Cain said. “In 2019 an estimated 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the United States, along with 63,000 new cases of noninvasive breast cancer.”
Cain noted that men are not immune to the disease and that some 3,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men are expected to be diagnosed in 2019.
“One of my major duties and responsibilities in the Enterprise schools is Human Resources so it is very emotional when I have an employee come in who is themselves affected with this horrible disease and having to go through treatment,” Cain said. “But it is just as heartbreaking when we have an employee having to take off work to care for a family member who is affected by the disease.”
Topics discussed throughout the daylong seminar included pain management, radiation therapy, hereditary cancer genetic testing, early detection, cardiovascular disease and mental wellness.
Keynote speakers were Dr. Robert Hannahan from Hannahan Comprehensive Pain Care, Dr. Hejal Patel from Enterprise Cancer Center, Judy Crowley from Coffee County Family Services, Dr. Nicholas McQueen from Professional Medical Associates and Brent Crosby from Laurel Oaks Behavioral Health Center.