Dr. Catherine Giess Educates Women at Breast Cancer Fundraiser Prominent breast radiologist addresses early breast cancer detection

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Dr. Catherine Giess, founder and director of Harrison-based Mira Women's Imaging, recently addressed more than 120 women, including Sole Ryeders & Friends, at the Wainwright House in Rye about breast cancer. Sole Ryeders & Friends, which was established in Rye, NY, is a team of women who will participate in the 40-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October for the second consecutive year.

As a Rye mother of four and a radiologist who specializes in the early diagnosis of breast cancer, Dr. Giess is the perfect 'resident expert' for our Wisdom & Wine fundraiser

Dr. Catherine Giess, founder and director of Harrison-based Mira Women's Imaging, recently addressed more than 120 women, including Sole Ryeders & Friends, at the Wainwright House in Rye about breast cancer. Sole Ryeders & Friends, which was established in Rye, NY, is a team of women who will participate in the 40-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in October for the second consecutive year.

More than 120 women attended the "Wisdom & Wine" Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser, where they learned about the different stages of breast cancer and corresponding survival rates; breast cancer risk factors; signs of breast cancer on mammography, ultrasound and MRI; the benefits of digital mammography; biopsy techniques; breast pain and lumps; the breast cancer gene; proactive steps toward breast health, and more.

"Wisdom & Wine" co-chairs Lynn Halpern and Sandy Samberg said that they are pleased to have such a prominent expert in their community. "As a Rye mother of four and a radiologist who specializes in the early diagnosis of breast cancer, Dr. Giess is the perfect 'resident expert' for our Wisdom & Wine fundraiser," said Samberg.

"She not only edcucated the attendees but did so in a relaxed and accessible manner that was both comprehensive and understandable. Attendees felt it was an incredibly empowering experience," Halpern added.

Dr. Giess added that education is the key to proper breast care. "The more educated women are about their breast health, the better chance they will have to detect any abnormalities early and seek the most appropriate medical help."

After her presentation, Dr. Giess and attendees enjoyed wine and dessert while discussing similar topics in a more casual setting. Funds raised at the event go to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade, a 501(c) (3) public charity whose mission is to provide access to care and find a cure for breast cancer. It helps those touched by the disease today while seeking to eradicate it tomorrow. Grants are awarded to organizations ranging from leading cancer centers to local community-based breast health programs, with a special focus on the medically underserved.

Mira Women's Imaging is located at 600 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 102, Harrison, NY 10528. For additional information, call 914.468.1000, email info(at)mirawomensimaging.com or visit http://www.mirawomensimaging.com.

The Sole Ryeders team was established in 2007. The team, consisting of 35 women mostly from Rye, participated in the 2007 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and raised over $130,000 for the cause. Team leaders hope to exceed that amount in 2008. Each member commits to raising a minimum of $1,800 and walking up to 40 miles throughout New York City. The Walk takes place over two days, and most of the walkers camp out at the Wellness Village on the eve of the second day. For more information about Sole Ryeders & Friends, please email soleryeders@gmail.com.

About Mira Women's Imaging: Mira Women's Imaging is a state-of-the-art breast health facility offering mammography, breast ultrasound, DXA scans, and diagnostic care in a setting that is comfortable and private. Founder and director Dr. Catherine Giess is a fellowship-trained radiologist and a regional breast health expert with over 12 years of clinical experience in breast imaging and minimally-invasive diagnostic procedures. For more information, visit http://www.mirawomensimaging.com.

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