DETROIT — As the world grapples with the coronavirus, one thing that should not fall to the wayside is breast health awareness.
The Detroit Pistons want to help increase knowledge of breast health among the city’s residents, as well as those around the state. The team also wants to honor those who may be battling or have battled breast cancer.
The Pistons on Thursday night will host survivors and health experts in a virtual panel that is free and open to the public. Those who participate will hear from a Henry Ford Health System breast cancer surgeon and listen to stories from those who have survived the disease. They will also connect with local non-profits that provide resources for those affected by breast cancer.
In 2020, there will be approximately 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 42,170 breast cancer deaths among women in the United States, per statistics from Susan G. Komen.
The foundation also reported that this year there will be about 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer, which includes new cases of primary breast cancers, but not reappearances of original breast cancers.
Discussions are set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Hammond, sports anchor and reporter for FOX 2.
Those on the panel include:
Lindsay Petersen, M.D., breast cancer surgeon at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute
Samantha Harris, Emmy-winning television host, author and certified health coach
Kim Adams, Emmy-winning television and film personality and host on 98.7 The Breeze
Edna Campbell, former WNBA player and program director at Breathe and Stretch
While those interested in the event can RSVP a spot for free, there is an additional option for attendance. The ticket upgrade package has an exclusive Pistons breast health awareness t-shirt, an invitation to all breast health awareness events during the 2020-21 season, as well as a donation to one of a few charity options.
These include: Game on Cancer, American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign featuring Pistons general manager Troy Weaver, Karmanos Cancer Institute and Susan G. Komen.
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