More than 775 staff and visitors attended health fairs sponsored by Mount Sinai Heart on Friday, February 5, Go Red for Women Day®, an annual educational event that spotlights the risks of cardiovascular disease. Participants received free screenings for high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, glucose, and peripheral vascular disease, and learned about nutrition and diet, diabetes, stress management, smoking cessation, and relaxation techniques. Other events included exercise workshops, support group meetings, and educational lectures sponsored by Women’s Heart NY, a comprehensive Mount Sinai Health System heart program.
Guest post by Molly Lieber, LMSW, MPH, Project Manager of the Division of Global Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at The Mount Sinai Hospital.
Our Director, Dr. Ann Marie Beddoe, has traveled to Liberia, a small country in West Africa, for the past 9 years. With a focus on gynecologic oncology, Dr. Beddoe has been focused on the continuum of care for women with cancer. Specifically, she has worked to advocate for increased cervical cancer screening, trained local health care workers to diagnose and treat women with cancer, and has provided both chemotherapy and surgery to local patients. Read more
Five leading researchers and clinicians at the Mount Sinai Health System discussed the latest trends in women’s health with more than 100 guests at the Dubin Breast Center’s fourth annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium, held recently in midtown Manhattan. Mount Sinai’s experts responded to questions from the audience on pressing issues such as advances in cancer immunotherapy; how each person’s unique microbiome, or bacteria, interacts with his or her immune system; and whether chemotherapy is the best treatment for all invasive breast cancers. Read more
The Woman to Woman program offers mentoring to women undergoing treatment for gynecologic cancer, including cervical cancer, to help them and their families get through this tough time. The program helps empower women to advocate for themselves and offer ongoing emotional support.
More than 375 attendees came to hear leading physicians from The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai at the Women’s Health Day of Learning and Luncheon held on Thursday, November 13, at The Plaza. Presentations centered on rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis C, thyroid disease, genomics and ovarian cancer, and heart palpitations in women. Lisa Ling, the executive producer and host of CNN’s “This is Life,” served as keynote speaker.
In July 2013, Adele Rivas discovered she had breast cancer. Two days later, she learned she was pregnant. Ms. Rivas and her husband Luis rode an emotional roller coaster of panic and joy. At that point, they had been trying to have a baby for two-and-a-half years.
But questions abounded. Could Ms. Rivas’ stage 2b cancer be treated while she was pregnant? Would the baby be safe? And would the treatment be effective? The answer was yes to all three questions.
More than 150 guests attended the Third Annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium hosted by the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute, on Monday, September 29, at 320 Park, a New York City event space. The event raised more than $200,000 to support the Center, a state-of-the-art facility within the Mount Sinai Health System that has registered more than 75,000 patient visits since it opened in 2011.
The graduation marked the end of a 16-week program for 22 comadronas (birth attendants) enrolled in the school of POWHER (Providing Outreach in Women’s Health Education and Resources). The school is funded by Saving Mothers, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, for which Dr. Shirazian is the co-founder and Medical Director.
This year, the Mount Sinai Global Women’s Health team visited Botswana, Africa and the Dominican Republic. I had the privilege of being invited to my first Global Women’s Health mission in the Dominican Republic. The trip was extremely rewarding and successful. The team, led by the Director of Global Women’s Health, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, assisted over 600 women in desperate need of care.
According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about one third of cancers in high-income countries can be attributed to preventable factors such as nutrition and physical activity. In the United States, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, astoundingly impacting one in every eight women in their lifetimes.
At this time, we don’t know exactly why many women develop breast cancer, but the following tips from the Dubin Breast Center’s Clinical Nutrition Coordinator Alexandra Rothwell, RD, can help to reduce your risk for cancer and may help to prevent recurrence among cancer survivors.