The Toronto chapter organized a talk about Cancer on Wednesday Feb. 26, 14 at Parya Foundation. More than 30 people attended this seminar. Aside from SUTA members, there were several medical practitioners & oncologists among the audience.
The first speaker was Dr. Manijeh Mohammadie who is an Internal Medicine specialist. Dr. Mohammadi is currently part of the University Health Network (UHN) which is a network among major hospitals in Toronto. She is also a researcher, lecturer and has published several articles in health related topics. Dr. Mohammadi started her talk with giving the statistics of breast cancer, which is the most common type of cancer among women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women. It can also occur in men which can be deadly too.
Dr. Mohammadi continued her talk about the following aspects of breast cancer:
- History of breast cancer
- Risk factors including family history, delay pregnancy, Hormonal factors, life style & nutrition.
- Signs of early detection & Symptoms
- Breast cancer diagnosis, grades and stages
- Treatment options
The second speaker was Mr. Bahman Nasiri who is a SUTA graduate and holds a master degree in industrial & system engineering. Mr. Nasiri has more than 25 years of experience in management of well-known Iranian home appliance holding corporates; He also has a special interest in literature & culture and has published several magazines. Mr. Nasiri has been diagnosed with prostate cancer few years ago and has gone under surgery and other treatments. He is free of cancer now. He started his talk about the statistics of prostate cancer among men and the medical facts that he had learned during his illness about prostate cancer. Remaining of his talk was mostly about his personal experiences about coping with cancer and the emotional facts of life with cancer, and after cancer. He believes that state of mind can be an important factor in the treatment procedure of cancer or any other illness. In particular, he mentioned that meditation or relaxation has brought beneficial effects to the many people who dealt with cancer.
The session ended with questions and answers for both talks.