Santa Rosa Medical Center will host its monthly Dinner with the Doc educational program on Monday, October 21 at 6 p.m.  Dr. Pam Schurman, a surgeon practicing at Santa Rosa Medical Center, and Sherry Pitts, RN, a certified breast health navigator and director of The Women’s Place, will present “Fight Like a Girl: Getting Tough on Breast Cancer.”

Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. A woman’s risk of developing this disease increases with age which is why the American Cancer Society recommends yearly screening mammograms for women over the age of 40. Other factors that can increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer include genetics, personal or family history of breast cancer, breast density, the age of menstruation and menopause, pregnancy, obesity and alcohol use.

Dr. Schurman will discuss all of these risk factors and statistics in detail during the seminar. She will also address steps that women can take to prevent breast cancer and treatment options after diagnosis. A board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Schurman has a special interest in the treatment of breast cancer. Sherry Pitts will provide breast self-examination education using breast models and will educate attendees on the services provided at The Women’s Place. In her role, Sherry provides education, guidance and clinical support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients seeking treatment options.

All female attendees are eligible for a free clinical breast exam with Sherry at The Women’s Center. Men are welcome and encouraged to attend. A healthy dinner will be served.

Dinner with the Doc is held monthly in the Locklin Education Building at the Santa Rosa Medical Center campus on Berryhill Road. The seminar and dinner are free, but registration is required. Please call the event RSVP line at 626-5060 to reserve your seat.