October 13, 2013 | by Wayne Lewis
Maria Flores was 33 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. To say she was stunned would be an understatement.
But — as is her nature — her next step was to make a plan. Her boss at the law firm she manages in downtown Los Angeles urged her to go to City of Hope, where a client of theirs was undergoing treatment. There, Flores found a team of doctors ready to answer all of her questions.
Breast cancer runs in Flores’ family, and she discovered that she carries the BRCA mutation that predisposes her to the disease. So in addition to therapy, she opted for to have both her breasts removed — and later her ovaries — to lower her risk of a recurrence.
Cancer-free almost five years after her diagnosis, Flores will be sharing her story at City of Hope as part of an “Ask the Experts” presentation on breast cancer prevention. She’ll be appearing alongside two of her doctors, medical oncologist Joanne Mortimer, M.D., and surgeon Laura Kruper, M.D. (She explains her diagnosis in this Spanish-language video.)
See Flores, Mortimer and Kruper on Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at City of Hope for “Ask the Experts - The A to Z’s of Breast Cancer Prevention.” You also can view the event live via the Internet at this link.