Susan G. Komen Panel

It is officially Breast Cancer Awareness month and this Friday, October 5th at 9:00 a.m. we are holding a Facebook live Panel with staff members of the Susan G. Komen Foundation South Florida as well as several other experts in the field. Join us for this panel to hear about the latest developments, how and when to get tested, stories from survivors,  and upcoming events in your area. We will also have staff available to answer all of your questions or to point you in the right direction. Check out our panel guests below:

Panel Guests


Kate Watt, 

Susan G. Komen South Florida Executive Director

Kate Watt will provide details about the importance of the work that Komen South Florida is doing,

exciting news in the field of research, and what Komen has coming up during October’s Breast

Cancer Awareness Month. 

Bio:  Kate, the Executive Director of Susan G. Komen South Florida, leads a dynamic staff

and volunteer leadership team committed to a bold goal of reducing breast cancer deaths

by 50% by 2026. Kate oversees the organization’s efforts to raise funds and invest grant dollars

to better the lives of those living with, or at risk for breast cancer in our community through

education and access to care. Through events like the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure®,

the South Florida Affiliate has invested $14.7 million in community breast health programs in

Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.

Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the South Florida area to

provide education, screenings,treatment assistance, emergency financial aid, medical supplies

and living expenses for under-served individuals. The remaining income goes to the national

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program to fund research.



Melissa Dixon, Susan G. Komen South Florida Breast Health Navigator


Melissa Dixon will speak on Komen’s Navigation Program,  why it is important to bring the

navigation program out of the hospital and in to communities – especially communities

of color, and as someone who has survived breast cancer, the importance of early detection.

Bio: Melissa Dixon, a breast cancer survivor, serves as a Breast Health Navigator, a first-of-its-kind

in the nation position to support Susan G. Komen South Florida’s efforts to reduce breast cancer

disparity for women of color.

She provides education and patient navigation services to primarily African American women

who are at greater risk for triple negative breast cancer—an aggressive form of the disease—

and have a 40% higher mortality rate than white women.

 A unique feature of the position, and key to its expected impact, is her placement

in a community setting rather than a hospital. 

Dr. Charles Vogel, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Health

Dr. Charles Vogel will speak about treatment options currently available, how exciting it is to see the new treatments that are constantly coming out, and why we always have to be our own healthcare advocates.

Charles Vogel, M.D., is a board-certified medical oncologist and the director of the Women’s Center at
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also a professor of medicine at the University of
Miami Miller School of Medicine. At Sylvester, Dr. Vogel works as part of a multidisciplinary team
of cancer experts and researchers.
His career highlights include:

  • Clinical and research interests in all aspects of breast cancer
    treatment, including chemotherapy, and anti-hormonal and
    targeted therapies
  •  Participated in clinical trials of every medical breast cancer
    treatment during the last 35 years
  •  Clinical trial pioneer in trastuzumab (Herceptin®) therapy and,
    more recently, bevacizumab (Avastin®) and Iapatinib (Tykerb®)
  •  Received a U.S. Public Health Service commendation medal
    for his research under adverse circumstances during the rule
    of Uganda President Idi Amin Dada
  •  Elected by peers to “Best Doctors in America” every year
    since the survey’s inception
  •  Published more than 500 manuscripts and abstracts on
    breast cancer topics





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