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White Plains Hospital Presents “Take Charge of Your Health” Educational Events Topics Include “The Angelina Jolie Effect” and More

April 8, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (April 8, 2015) – White Plains Hospital is presenting a new series of community education events entitled “Take Charge of Your Health.” Two events are planned for April 2015 in Scarsdale and Pelham, with additional topics and locations to be announced in the near future. “Sorting Through the Headlines: Learning the Facts about Cancer” takes place on April 22nd at the Scarsdale Public Library and “Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and Updated Approach for Breast Cancer Screening” will take place on April 23rd at Pelham Public Library.

“Sorting through the Headlines: Learning the Facts about Cancer” will allow attendees to sit down for an open discussion with Joshua Raff, MD, a board-certified hematologist/oncologist and leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at White Plains Hospital. This educational event will help participants learn the truth behind recent headlines in the news. Topics to be covered include:

  • The “Angelina Jolie Effect” is influencing women fighting breast and ovarian cancer – but is it right for everyone?
  • “Using Poliovirus to Kill Cancer” – Learn more about a clinical trial that uses poliovirus to treat a form of brain cancer (glioblastoma), as recently seen on the television show 60 Minutes.
  • “Vitamin D and Colorectal Cancer” – What is the link between higher levels of Vitamin D and colorectal cancer prevention?

“Sorting through the Headlines” will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Scarsdale Public Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 1–2 pm. Reservations are encouraged. To reserve a spot, call Kellie King at (914) 681-1119 or email

The second lecture in the series will be “Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and Updated Approach for Breast Cancer Screening.” Sara Sadan, MD, Chief of Oncology and Hematology and Director of Breast and Women’s Medical Oncology at White Plains Hospital, and Pamela Weber, MD, Director, White Plains Imaging at New Rochelle, will discuss the following topics:  

  • How to reduce your risk of breast cancer
  • The latest screening technology for breast cancer, including 3D mammography and 3D ultrasound
  • An updated approach to breast cancer screening

“Breast Cancer Risk Reduction and Updated Approach for Breast Cancer Screening” will be held on Thursday, April 23rd from 7:30 – 8:30 pm at Pelham Public Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham). Reservations are encouraged. To reserve a spot, please call Denise Kinsella at (914) 684-8100.

About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital (WPH) is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer CenterThe William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, seeing over 55,000 visits a year. White Plains Hospital is the only community hospital in Westchester County to perform lifesaving emergency & elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, M.D. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2013. The Hospital is also an eleven-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation, and received Magnet® designation in 2012 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014 White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades®, given to only 5% of hospitals nationwide. White Plains Hospital is a member of the Montefiore Health System. For additional information, visit