Susan Foerster Short ’78, women’s health educator and 12-year breast cancer survivor, will speak on the myths and facts of breast cancer at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the Delta Chi Fraternity, located at 574 South Main Street. Short, who was diagnosed at the age of 35 with breast cancer, will provide an interactive discussion of breast cancer and her experience.
As an educator at the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital in Newark, for the Wayne County Women’s Health Partnership program, Short educates women about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening. She is an advocate for medically underserved women who do not have health insurance. She does community outreach to educate women about free mammograms, breast exams and Pap tests available to uninsured or underinsured women.
Short's talk will address risk factors for breast cancer, and what people can do to be proactive about staying healthy.
Worldwide, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women, excluding skin cancer, and it is the leading cause of cancer death for women around the globe. In the U.S., breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, and the leading cause of cancer death for women between the ages of 20 and 59. A U.S. woman has a one in eight chance of developing breast cancer during her lifetime, and in 2004, approximately 40,110 women died from this disease.