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ProfNet Sources Available on Breast Cancer, Infertility, Halloween and More

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  • Physical Activity and Its Effect on Breast Cancer Risk
  • The Courage of Cancer Patients in the Face of Diagnosis
  • National Infertility Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7
  • Halloween DIY: Scary Costumes That Won't Spook Your Budget


  • Entertainment Reporter - El Diario/La Prensa
  • Part-Time Web Reporter/Producer - KSTP-TV
  • Reporter - Today's News-Herald


  • Digg of the Dead
  • Upcoming Events
  • Letting Sources Decide Which Quotes You Use



Expert Alerts are listings of ProfNet members who are available to discuss timely news topics. If you are interested in interviewing any of the experts, please contact their media representative at the end of the listing. You can also find Expert Alerts online at

Physical Activity and Its Effect on Breast Cancer Risk
Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Division of Cancer Etiology
Department of Population Sciences
Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope
"Many questions still remain to be answered about factors influencing breast cancer risk. The good news is that many promising scientists are looking for these answers."
In addition to her role at City of Hope, Bernstein is a professor emeritus and AFLAC Chair Emeritus in Cancer Research at the University of Southern California. Having studied women of nearly all ages, she is available to discuss her findings on how physical activity influences hormone levels and, ultimately, the risk for breast cancer.
News Contact: Allison Wilson,

The Courage of Cancer Patients in the Face of Diagnosis
Joanne Mortimer, M.D.
Director of the Women's Cancer Program
Co-director of the Breast Cancer Program
City of Hope
"I love working with women; they're amazing people. They get a diagnosis that is, at times, potentially fatal -- and manage to get through it while still taking care of their families and kids, coming out the other side as stronger people."
Mortimer is also vice chair, Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, at City of Hope, as well as a professor of medical oncology. She can discuss the unique challenges faced by breast cancer survivors and the inspiring ways in which they cope.
News Contact: Allison Wilson,

National Infertility Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7
Christine Agro
The Conscious Mom's Guide
"I've been working with woman on infertility issues for more than a decade, and I have been honored to help many of these women work through their infertility to conceive naturally. By understanding their own life lessons, addressing their emotions, and committing to understand the child they will carry, pregnancy and parenthood takes on a new meaning."
Agro writes the daily blog Life as a Conscious Mom for Beliefnet, a multi-faith-based content site with more than 4 million unique monthly visitors. She is also the author of "50 Ways to Live Life Consciously" (Haldi Press). Agro can share her unique perspective on infertility, which offers a spiritual and energetic perspective: What if infertility was rooted in something deeper than the physical? What if it was rooted in emotions and conscious awareness?
Expert Contact:

Halloween DIY: Scary Costumes That Won't Spook Your Budget
Kate Campbell
Fashion Coordinator
The Art Institute of Tampa
"Get your child involved in creating the costume. Look at ideas and decide on a budget together. This ensures your child is excited about their costume, especially when their friends tout the ones from the store."
Campbell, fashion coordinator at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, is available to speak with the media and provide tips on DIY Halloween costumes and overall fashion marketing.
Link to quick costume ideas:
News Contact: Marcia Gomez,



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  • Entertainment Reporter - El Diario/La Prensa
  • Part-Time Web Reporter/Producer - KSTP-TV
  • Reporter - Today's News-Herald

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  • LETTING SOURCES DECIDE WHICH QUOTES YOU USE: Tony Rogers of About Journalism explores the issue of whether journalists should let sources decide which of their quotes can be used in a news story:


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