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Coming up on Connections: Friday, October 13, 2023

A medical provider guides a patient through the mammogram process.
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A medical provider guides a patient through the mammogram process.

First hour: What do you need to know about breast cancer screening and risk assessment?

Second hour: Previewing the partial eclipse

Nearly 300,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year. That’s according to the National Cancer Institute. While breast cancer awareness campaigns pop up throughout the month of October, clinicians are encouraging people to take steps to prioritize breast health throughout the year. This hour, we discuss the latest in screening recommendations, risk assessment, treatment and support for people living with breast cancer, and we hear from two local woman who share their stories. Our guests:

  • Avice O’Connell, M.D., professor of imaging sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Carol Shaw, nurse practitioner and associate director of the Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction Program at Wilmot Cancer Institute
  • Meredith Utman, breast cancer survivor and director of special events for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester
  • Nicolette Ferguson, breast cancer survivor

Then in our second hour, a partial eclipse is happening on Saturday. It’s an appetizer compared to the main course coming next April in the form of a total solar eclipse. We talk about what’s happening this weekend, and we look ahead to how our region is preparing for the big event next year. Our guests:

  • Deb Ross, chair of the Rochester Eclipse Task Force
  • Dan Schneiderman, eclipse partnership coordinator for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and co-chair of the Rochester Eclipse Taskforce
  • Pilar Osorio-Godoy, president of Grupo Cultural Latinos en Rochester
  • Scott Fybush, WXXI reporter and anchor, and member of the Rochester Eclipse Task Force
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.

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