The Women’s Health Symposium on Saturday focused on breast cancer prevention and overcoming infertility. In addition to seven wonderful speakers, the event featured free breast exams from Maureen Baxter, RNC of the Trinity Health and Wellness Center. Trinity’s School of Professional Studies hosted the event with the help of Dr. Chimene Castor and the Tinina Cade Foundation.
There were a number of things that struck me as particularly impactful at this event:
- That breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women- and the numbers are growing for men
- That, although Caucasian women are more likely to develop breast cancer, African- American women are more likely to die from it
- That many of the drugs that treat cancer can cause infertility
- That infertility is much more pervasive in the our community than I thought
- That your fertility level can change dramatically over time, even when you are young
The most rewarding thing that I learned is that there are so many resources out there to help women faced with cancer or infertility. Stop by our offices in Main 250 to find out more and see our display of information. You can also find out more information on our website at http://www.trinitydc.edu/sps/sps-in-action/. Pictures and info will be posted there by the end of the week.
Other upcoming events that you might be interested in:
- April 3rd at 5pm. Learn how to protect yourself! Location TBD. This session will describe the resources available through the criminal justice system such as orders of protection in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia as well as how to pursue them. We will discuss how to deal with domestic and sexual violence, as well as how to navigate the process for prosecution. The event is sponsored by the School of Professional Studies and the Department of Public Safety. US Attorney Jamila Hodge and Professor Tom Mostowy will speak. RSVP at http://www.trinitydc.edu/sps/events/217/how-to-protect-yourself-workshop/
- April 11th at 8pm in front of the Trinity Center. Take Back the Night! Trinity’s Women’s Student Action Coalition sponsors TBTN each year as a march and rally in protest of sexual violence against women. This uplifting event is a part of the Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Week (April 8th thru 12th) activities here on campus. Stay tuned for more information at http://blogs.trinitydc.edu/wsac/
- Stay tuned for news about the Clothesline Project during Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Week as well. You will have an opportunity to share your stories about the violence that has touched your lives. By telling our stories, we take back our power and help prevent other women from being devastated.