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Breast Cancer Satellite Conference at NMSU Focuses on Risk Factors and Environment

LAS CRUCES - New Mexico State University will host a satellite conference about breast cancer risk factors on April 4 in Milton Hall Room 81 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The "Environment and Breast Cancer: Education for Change" conference will be presented by experts from the Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors (BCERF) program at Cornell University, including Suzanne M. Snedeker, research project leader; Barbour Warren, research associate; Elaine Wethington, associate professor of human development; and Carol Devine, education project leader.

"People who attend the conference will be listening to experts who are going to talk about environment and breast cancer and what we know and what we don't know about the causes of the cancer," said Diana Del Campo, child and family life specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "They'll also talk about adolescence, which can be a critical life period for breast cancer risk."

The conference is designed for community groups and educators, including health and environment educators, cancer advocacy groups, women's organizations, civic groups, Cooperative Extension service faculty, youth development groups and integrated pest management specialists.

The conference will focus on topics such as family cancer risk, reducing exposure to chemicals in the environment, factors that increase children's risks of developing cancer later in life, and ways that citizens and educators can help reduce breast cancer risk at home and in the community.

"We know that established risk factors for breast cancer, such as genetic predisposition, account for fewer than half of all cases, so there is a growing concern that something in the environment might play an important role in this disease," Snedeker said. "Scientists are now studying whether chemicals such as products bought for home or garden use can contribute to breast cancer risk."

During a question and answer session with conference participants and panelists, local participants will have the chance to ask questions by fax or telephone. Devine will introduce the "Tool Kit for Breast Cancer Risk Reduction," and participants can hear from community educators who field-tested the materials.
The satellite conference is free, but preregistration is required. For more information, call Diana Del Campo at (505) 646-6031 or e-mail at ddelcamp@nmsu.edu.

If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to partipate in the meeting, please contact the presenter before the event.