Mondays at Racine Hosts 3rd Annual Health Symposium

On Sunday April 24, 2016, Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Foundation hosted the 3rd Annual Health Symposium at the YMCA Boulton Center for Performing Arts in Bay Shore, NY. The focus of the symposium, sponsored by Myriad Genetics, was Cancer & Genetics: Understanding the role that genetics play in your life when it comes to diseases such as cancer.  

On hand to discuss topics such as hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic counseling and testing plus what the results could mean for you and your fasymposium-panel-shotmily, was an esteemed panel of doctors and experts. The goal of the event, according to Mondays at Racine Executive Director Karla Waldron, was to ensure that men and women are educated about the importance of knowing their family history, arming them with the proper resources and information needed to take action and control of their health and lives. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes don’t discriminate, they affect both male and female family members and can be passed down from either side of the family, so knowing your family history from as far back as great, great grandparents on down, is key. 

In addition to the panel discussion, the film “In the Family” by filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who has the BRCA1 genetic mutation, was shown to jumpstart the conversation along with highlighting Joanna’s journey with Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (HBOC). Following the film, guests were able to ask questions and engage with the panel of experts including:

  • Dr. George Raptis, Acting Executive Director, VP Oncology Network at Northwell Health
  • Dr. David P. Mangiameli, Associate Director of Breast Health Services and Program Director of Breast Cancer Center at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
  • Amanda Laterza Ozarowski, Board Certified Genetic Counselor/Manager,  Genetic Counseling at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
  • Sharyn Lewin, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist at Holy Name Medical Center
  • Richard Sollazzo M.D, DABIM,C.N.S, DAAM, FAAIM, Board Certified in: Oncology, Hematology, Internal Medicine, Integrative/Complementary Medicine, Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Noshir DaCosta, Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology at North Shore Hematology and Oncology 
  • Alyssa Greiner, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome: BRCA1 Advocate.

To learn more about hereditary cancer syndromes, genetic testing & how to know if you or a loved one are at an increased risk for cancer, please visit and check back in early 2017 for the date for The 4th Annual Health Symposium.