2017-11-01 / Front Page

Mount Sinai Queens Hosts Think Pink Party

BY VICTORIA CANORE


Cancer survivors, including Pat Rossilli, Roz Crichlow, Carol Gaviglia, Emlyne Stinfil, Marianne Mellu, Rosemary Konopka, Lucy Rauch, Anna Lazakevic, Evelyn Mikicic, Mercedes Pinzino, Iris Blitt, Jill Goldstein, Caryn A. Schwab Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens and Dr. Krystal P. Cascetta, Director of Hematology and Medical Oncology. All the women survivors 
Photos Victoria Canore /DMD IMAGES©2017 Cancer survivors, including Pat Rossilli, Roz Crichlow, Carol Gaviglia, Emlyne Stinfil, Marianne Mellu, Rosemary Konopka, Lucy Rauch, Anna Lazakevic, Evelyn Mikicic, Mercedes Pinzino, Iris Blitt, Jill Goldstein, Caryn A. Schwab Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens and Dr. Krystal P. Cascetta, Director of Hematology and Medical Oncology. All the women survivors Photos Victoria Canore /DMD IMAGES©2017 The fifth floor at Mount Sinai Hospital Queens was very busy on Thursday evening, October 26. Dozens of woman gathered to hear two breast cancer experts, Krystal Cascetta, MD and Nima Patel, MD shred myths about breast cancer and discuss the latest advances in treatment and prevention. Everybody in the room wore pink, most of them breast cancer survivors. This was Mt. Sinai’s second annual breast cancer awareness event held in conjunction with breast cancer month.

Ana Rodriguez, Mt. Sinai Queens’ Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services welcomed everybody to the annual event that brings attention to the disease and up-to-date advances discovered to battle breast cancer.


The SHAREing & CAREing’s Mercedes Pinzino and Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, ACE. (L to r): Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens, Krystal Cascetta, MD director of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Ginu Abraham, Director of Radiology. The SHAREing & CAREing’s Mercedes Pinzino and Merryl Reichbach, LCSW, ACE. (L to r): Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director of Mount Sinai Queens, Krystal Cascetta, MD director of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Ginu Abraham, Director of Radiology. The organization, SHAREing & CAREing was there to tell the women early detection (improves outcomes) and that they offer peer and support groups. They offer to help immigrants who do not have health care get free screenings. They work in the community and also are speak Spanish to help some patients.

Cancer Care was there also with education materials and help for the uninsured to cope with cancer such as counseling, patient navigation, workshops, transportation, community outreach programs and understanding medicare.

Dr. Krystal P. Cascetta, Director of Hematology and Medical Oncology spoke to the women about early detection with mammograms, educating and answering questions. Dr. Cascetta has been named Chief Operating Officer at Mt. Sinai Queens Infusion Center.

Dr. Cascetta said she went into this field because her friend’s mother had gotten breast cancer. She brought up a few facts about breast cancer. One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer; women who have had more pregnancies are less likely to get breast cancer; birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer, and hormonal therapy increases it too; sugar feeds cancer; if you are overweight you are more prone to get cancer; 90 percent of the risk comes from lifestyle and environment. She told the women if you see a dimpling or redness on the breast you should see your gynecologist. Processed foods are also unhealthy for individuals. Dr. Cascetta talked about how health, weight, exercising help lower the risk for breast cancer.

Also attending were Caryn A. Schwab, Executive Director Mt. Sinai Queens and Jill Goldstein, Head of Nursing at Mt. Sinai Queens.

It was a night of celebration and partying after the lecture. The women danced and had prizes for the best dressed lady in pink. These brave women support other women and families through their diagnoses of breast cancer. If you smoke, stop. Lung cancer has been linked with breast cancer. Limit alcohol consumption to one drink a day or less and stay hydrated with water. Get enough sleep. Maintain a healthy weight for your size and age. Women over the age of 40 should speak to their physician about getting a mammogram.

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