Peninsula JCC to host forum on breast cancer

On Oct. 19 the Peninsula JCC will host a four-hour breast cancer symposium that will include workshops and lectures, many of which will focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Sarita Bronstein

The event, which will be free and open to the public, will offer workshops on Pilates, lymphatic care, yoga and meditation. There will also be talks on nutrition for a healthy lifestyle and performing proper self-exams.

The keynote speaker will be the medical director of breast imaging at the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center, Dr. Harriet Borofsky. She will discuss the technology behind breast cancer diagnosis and treatment at 1:30 pm.

At 12:30 p.m., a breast cancer survivor, Mara Langer, will talk about the importance of breast exams. This is particularly  important for Ashkenazi Jewish women, who, according to data, are 13 times more likely than non-Jewish women to carry a hereditary genetic mutation that makes them more susceptible to certain types of cancer.

The symposium will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. For more information, visit