Women’s health to be subject of symposium in Loveland

LOVELAND — Knowing what’s hanging out in your family tree — or in your genetic makeup — could be the first step in preventing cancer or detecting it earlier.

Health experts in Northern Colorado are teaming up to shed the light on the latest developments and recommendations on genetic tests and other cancer screenings at this year’s Take Charge of Your Health symposium on Aug. 30 in Loveland.

The women’s health symposium will kick off with keynote speaker Dr. Christine Cooper, an obstetrician-gynecology specialist who is also an ovarian cancer survivor. As a physician and survivor herself, she offers a unique perspective on the importance of knowing family health history and genetic testing.

Following the keynote presentation, a panel of five experts will provide insight on various cancer screenings and prevention. The panel includes:

  • Dr. Diana Medgyesy, an oncologist at UCHealth — What women can do to decrease their risk of cancer.
  • Dr. Angela King, an obstetrician/gynecologist at The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado — HPV-associated cancers and the role of vaccine and screening prevention.
  • Dr. Rebecca Dunphy, a gastroenterologist with Centers for Gastroenterology — Lynch Syndrome and colon cancer.
  • Dr. Lynn West, a dermatologist with Dermatology of Northern Colorado — Melanoma and other skin cancers.
  • Dr. Amanda Lenderink-Carpenter, the medical director of UCHealth Breast Diagnostic Center in Northern Colorado — Types and frequencies of breast cancer screening.

The event will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 30, at First National Bank Exhibition Hall at The Ranch, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 each when purchased before Aug. 29 and $20 each when purchased at the door. Discounts are available for Medicaid and CHP+ members.

This year’s Take Charge of Your Health symposium is sponsored by The Women’s Clinic of Northern Colorado, Myriad Genetics, PVH and MCR Foundation and UCHealth Community Health Improvement.