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St. Anthony’s Hospital Puts Focus on Breast Health During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Sept. 19, 2013) – There are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, a figure which reflects the significant advancements made in early detection and treatment over the last three decades.  However, even with these advancements, an estimated 40,000 women will die this year due to breast cancer so it’s important for women to get the information they need on this deadly disease.  A panel of St. Anthony’s Hospital breast health experts will focus on diagnosis, treatment options and reconstruction during Breast Cancer – Diagnosis to Reconstruction at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at The Birchwood, 340 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. New research from Harvard University showed that of the 600 women they studied who were diagnosed with breast cancer, half the women who died were younger than 50. The study also found that 71 percent of those who died had not had a mammogram before their diagnosis.

Topics during the free panel discussion will include the latest breast cancer screening guidelines, diagnostic testing and the most advanced surgical options available for treatment. Participants can also learn about all the breast reconstruction options available.

St. Anthony’s panel of experts will include radiologist Claudia Bundschu, MD, who is the medical director for the hospital’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center; plastic surgeon Antonio Gayoso, MD; general surgeon, Larry Williams, MD; and Amy Taneja, MD, an OBGyn.

Before the event, learn more about your risk for breast cancer at

Light refreshments and snacks will be served. To register for this informative and interactive panel discussion, please call (727) 953-6993 or register online at

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s has received the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard  McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times. St. Anthony’s Hospital is currently the only hospital in Pinellas County to have both the full Heart Failure Accreditation and the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist and Winter Haven Hospital. For more information, visit BayCare on the web at


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