With Amy Colton, right, as inspiration, state Sen. Joe Simitian authored comprehensive breast tissue screening legislation. If you find the right doctors, do your research and insist on knowing about your own body, you can beat breast cancer odds, according to two survivors who spoke at a recent forum. The survivors joined a panel of experts who addressed a crowded room Oct. 29 at the launch of El Camino Hospital’s High-Risk Breast Program. El Camino’s Women’s Hospital, Genomic Medicine Institute, Cancer Center and Imaging Services collaborated on the event. El Camino last month kicked off the comprehensive two-pronged program, the only one in Northern California. Approximately 15 doctors participate on the team. Michele van Zuiden, executive director of the Women’s Hospital, said the first priority of the program is to identify high-risk patients – to themselves and to their physicians.
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