The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held each December has grown to represent one of the largest conferences in San Antonio. Since 1977 the meeting has grown to become the largest gathering of breast cancer experts in the world.
This year’s symposium drew more than 7,400 oncologists, nurses, researchers and breast cancer advocates from around the globe whose visit translated to more than $9 million in economic impact for the city. Add exhibitors, sponsors and staff and the number of attendees grows to 7,625.
The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the world’s largest breast cancer conference, gets underway on Tuesday, where more than 7,000 physicians and researchers from countries across the globe will witness groundbreaking presentations.
Breast cancer news coming out of this symposium is so rapid that organizers plan multiple press conferences for media around the world to get the stories. Often researchers will complete important research projects just before the meeting, so the findings can be presented here.
It’s not uncommon for Latinas who have an abnormal mammogram test to not follow up and get the medical treatment they need, but a little extra support from helpers called “patient navigators” can make the difference.
Facing a possible diagnosis of breast cancer can be tough for anyone to process, but for whatever reason, Hispanic women need a little extra help to get them back to the doctor.
It has been three years since the San Antonio Mastersingers performed Sing for the Cure, a work created by Pamela Martin and Brant Adams. Director John Silantien says "every time you look at it [Sing for the Cure], you can see something different, and it touches everybody! I mean it is just so powerful in its reach, and this topic of breast cancer, it seems like it is in everyone's life."
Donations are being accepted by the choral group, as well as "pink notes" that will be displayed at the concert.