Governor’s Cancer Panel to Convene Breast Cancer Experts at UNM Cancer Center

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by

Several UNM Cancer Center Breast Cancer specialists to share advances in research and treatment

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In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Governor Susana Martinez will lead and moderate a discussion by a panel of New Mexico’s experts in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM. The panel will feature Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center, and four other UNM Cancer Center physicians, surgeons, and health professionals who serve as New Mexico’s breast cancer experts. The panel will present the  latest updates in breast cancer research, screening, diagnosis, clinical care, and prevention.

Joining Governor Martinez and Dr. Willman on the panel will be Melanie Royce, MD, PhD, Director of the UNM Cancer Center’s Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program and an international expert in breast cancer treatment; Anna Voltura, MD, a native New Mexican and New Mexico’s only fellowship-trained breast cancer surgeon (trained in the pre-eminent Johns Hopkins Breast Cancer Fellowship program); Christopher Demas, MD, the new Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery in the UNM Department of Surgery and an expert in breast reconstruction and plastic surgery; and Lori Ballinger, MS, New Mexico’s only licensed and certified genetic counselor who leads the UNM Cancer Center’s Cancer Genetics Clinic and counseling services.

Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1,360 women in New Mexico alone will be diagnosed with the disease and 240 will die from it. In its earliest and most treatable stages, breast cancer presents no symptoms, so regular screening via mammograms is crucial to catching the disease early.



About the Panel Discussion
The Governor’s Cancer Panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the UNM Cancer Center Auditorium.

About the UNM Cancer Center
The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in the state. One of just 68 premier NCI-Designated Cancer Centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scientific excellence, contributions to cancer research, the delivery of high quality, state of the art cancer diagnosis and treatment to all New Mexicans, and its community outreach programs statewide. Annual federal and private funding of over $72 million supports the UNM Cancer Center’s research programs. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 60 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer, from every county in the state. It is home to New Mexico’s largest team of board-certified oncology physicians and research scientists, representing every cancer specialty and hailing from prestigious institutions such as M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, and the Mayo Clinic. Through its partnership with Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, the UNM Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to the southern part of the state; its collaborative clinical programs in Santa Fe and Farmington serve northern New Mexico and it is developing new collaborative programs in Alamogordo and in Roswell/Carlsbad. The UNM Cancer Center also supports several community outreach programs to make cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment available to every New Mexican. Learn more at


UNM Cancer Center contact information
John Arnold, UNM Health Sciences Center, 505-272-3192,
Michele Sequeira, UNM Cancer Center, 505-925-0486,



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