Plastic Surgeon Offers Complimentary Seminar on Breast Health and Surgical Options
05/20/2011

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Drew Kreegel along with Breast Surgeon Dr. Lea Blackwell and Lee Memorial Health System’s breast health Navigator Dara Leichter, R.N., will present a complimentary seminar to explore the latest breast health and surgical options on Tuesday, May 24, 5 - 7 pm, at the Regional Cancer Center, 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Fort Myers.

Online PR News – 20-May-2011 – – (Fort Myers, Fla.) May 16, 2011- The emotional and physicals results from breast cancer are very different from what they were in the past decades. Because women have better choices today, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Drew Kreegel along with Breast Surgeon Dr. Lea Blackwell and Lee Memorial Health System’s breast health Navigator Dara Leichter, R.N., will present a complimentary seminar to explore the latest breast health and surgical options on Tuesday, May 24, 5 - 7 pm, at the Regional Cancer Center, 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Fort Myers.

There is an estimated 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. “Advances are being made in breast cancer treatment, but early detection is key,” says Blackwell. “The most recent statistics show that the survival rate is as high as 98 percent if it’s caught early, before it has spread.”

According to The American Cancer Society, more women with breast cancer chose to remove only part of the breast tissue, but some women have mastectomy. After having the mastectomy, women are looking to have reconstructive surgery to rebuild. “Women choose to have breast reconstruction for many reasons,” says Kreegel. “Approximately 75 percent of women who have mastectomies have surgical reconstruction on one or both breasts.”

Seating is limited, reservations are required. For reservations or more information, call 239-343-9777.

Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Regional Cancer Center
8931 Colonial Center Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33905
Reservations: 239-343-9777

About Drew Kreegel, M.D.
Drew Kreegel, M.D. is board certified and has been dedicated to providing quality, state of the art plastic surgery since he began practicing in 1991. He specializes in cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery, breast reconstruction (following mastectomy), hand surgery, head and neck surgery, skin cancer surgery and general reconstruction. Dr. Kreegel is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc., and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

About Lea Blackwell, M.D.
Originally from Panama City, Fla., Lea Blackwell, M.D. earned her medical degree from and completed a surgical residency at Louisiana State University. She also completed a surgical breast oncology fellowship at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. prior to joining Associates in General & Vascular Surgery in Fort Myers. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Breast Disease. Dr. Blackwell specializes in breast cancer treatment and monitoring high risk patients for evidence of breast disease.

About Dara Leichter, RN
With nearly 35 years of health care experience, Dara Leichter, RN, is uniquely qualified to serve as Lee Memorial Health System’s breast cancer navigator. For the past 20 years, she has devoted herself to oncologic roles as a nurse, administrator and navigator. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Leadership and master’s degree in Health Care Administration from National-Louis University of Chicago. She completed her nursing education at Raleigh County Vocational-Technical Center in Beckley, West Virginia, and Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.
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