LI's first Breast Cancer Summit held in Bethpage

Some 400 women gathered today in Bethpage for Long Island's first Breast Cancer Summit to discuss new legislation aimed at providing patients with information. The

BETHPAGE - Some 400 women gathered today in Bethpage for Long Island's first Breast Cancer Summit to discuss new legislation aimed at providing patients with information. The event was spear-headed by Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, a plastic surgeon who noticed the need to get doctors, hospital representatives and cancer survivors in one room."We have one out of six or seven women in this region that is diagnosed with breast cancer," he says. "So you're going to meet someone who is affected, and we have to make sure that number gets less and less."A new law just passed in January saying that doctors must tell breast cancer patients about all of their options. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) says the legislation will help patients get information on reconstructive surgery early on.For an interview with Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh at the forum, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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