CanCan Health Party

 Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium – Saturday, March 18th – 4:00 PM

This one-hour interactive workshop creates a non-medical, fear-free, fun environment for learning, even about serious topics. The parties are safe spaces created to encourage questions and sharing about ovarian and breast health. Our aim is to empower women and men with this important information in a comfortable environment where they can get their questions answered.

Kiran Dhillon, a recent breast cancer survivor and veteran Tasveer volunteer will share her personal journey. Kim Schaaf, a trained health instructor will discuss many aspects of breast and ovarian cancer-related health including:

  • Risk factors
  • The importance of knowing your family history
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Screening methods & importance of early detection
  • Nutrition and healthy lifestyle
  • Cancer myths

The Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer & CanCan Health – Since our inception in 1996, the Rivkin Center has been a principle catalyst for national and international research efforts aimed at finding solutions to ovarian cancer. As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we look beyond institutional boundaries and work collaboratively with scientists and physicians worldwide at the forefront of ovarian cancer research. CanCan Health merged with the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer in 2016, and is now the ovarian and breast health education program of The Rivkin Center.  Ovarian and breast cancers are two of the most serious cancers facing women today and are often genetically linked so it is important to address them together. By serving as the educational arm of the Rivkin Center, we will be able to reach an even broader audience of women and educate future generations on both ovarian and breast health, and ultimately save more women’s lives.

We are excited and ready to educate women in our communities this year. Our goal is to educate more than 5000 individuals at 200 parties by the end of 2017. It’s easy, and as always, free to host! All you need to do is to pick a date, time, and location, and we will take care of the rest!

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Kim Schaaf

Kim has been teaching breast health for over 20 years and has been involved with a lot of the breast health outreach, activities and events both in and out of Washington State.  Some of the non-profit companies she has worked closely with either as an employee or volunteer include: CanCan, Evergreen Hospital Community Health Education, American Cancer Society, The Washington State Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program, the Puget Sound Affiliate Susan G. Komen for The Cure, Citrine Health, and Cancer Lifeline. Kim has been instrumental in developing the breast health education curriculum for CanCan.  Her philosophy is “If we can laugh about it we can learn about it”.

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Kiran Dhillon

Kiran is a recent breast cancer survivor and is committed to bring awareness around women’s health issues to the community. She was also a breast and ovarian cancer researcher at Fred Hutch for 8 years where she studied the genetics of chemotherapy resistance. Currently, she is the Director of Scientific Programs at the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer where she oversees programs that help fund ovarian cancer research and works with the CanCan community education team. Kiran is also a veteran Tasveer volunteer. She was recently the Director for the 10th and 11th Seattle South Asian Film Festivals (now known as Tasveer South Asian Film Festival).