Upstate News

October 17, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Medical Myths Debunked at University Hospital’s Women’s Health Forum Nov. 6

University Hospital physicians will debunk the medical myths surrounding women’s health issues in a Women’s Health Forum on “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Carousel Center Skydeck. Registration fee is $15, which includes a Continental breakfast and coffee break. To register, call 315-464-8668. All presenters are members of the SUNY Health Science Center faculty.

Myth: Breast cancer is the most common killer of women.
Fact: Heart disease is the number one killer of women. A women’s chance of dying from heart disease is one in two compared with one in 27 for breast cancer. Cardiologist Robert Carhart, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, will offer an indepth look at how heart disease affects women.

Myth: There’s no cure for osteoporosis. It’s an inevitable part of aging.
Fact: While there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are things that can help prevent and/or treat the disease. Arnold M. Moses, M.D., professor of medicine, and F. Deaver Thomas, M.D., professor of radiology, will discuss how a healthy diet and exercise can help prevent the disease.

Myth: Birth control pills increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
Fact: Oral contraceptives reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. However, there are other benefits–and risks–to consider before selecting this method of birth control. Mary Cunningham, M.D., director of gynecologic oncology, will discuss various gynecologic cancers and their treatments.

Myth: With the right attitude, you can snap out of depression.
Fact: Depression–twice as common in women as in men–is an illness just like diabetes and heart disease. About 80 percent of people with depression respond well to treatment, but unfortunately, only about 50 percent of patients seek treatment. Jennifer C. Yolles, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, will present the latest in treatment alternatives for depression.

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