Award Honors Breast Cancer Advocate Susan Caro
...Award Honors Breast Cancer Advocate Susan Caro
For more than 10 years, Susan W. Caro
is the friend that many Middle Tennessee women have turned to when they faced breast cancer, feared their risk of the disease or simply wanted to know how best to guard against it. Caro
was honored Oct. 30 for her
tireless dedication to women facing or fearing breast cancer when she
received the Frances Williams Preston Award for Breast Cancer Awareness.The award was presented during the 8th annual Women's Health Forum Luncheon in the Vanderbilt Stadium Club
. Earlier this year, Caro was officially named full-time director of the newly expanded Family Cancer Risk Service, a program of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center designed to help individuals assess their inherited risk for cancer and make appropriate decisions based on true risk.
However, the service is one that Caro
, with the support of her mentor Dr. David Page, has provided for several years, on a part-time basis alongside her full-time duties as clinical nurse specialist in the Breast Center
"At a time when information about inherited risk for cancer, and especially breast cancer, began to explode in the early 1990s, Susie Caro
took the initiative to educate herself in order to help women understand what this information meant to them," Moses said.
"Simply put, Susie
is the force behind our Family Cancer Risk Service.Women concerned about their risk for breast cancer could have no better ally than Susie Caro
has also been a valuable resource to the community at large.She
has participated in hundreds of health fairs and forums to teach proper self breast examination technique and answer questions.She
leads an active monthly breast cancer support group.She
has done dozens of interviews with the news media about a wide range of breast cancer-related topics.And she
has gone door-to-door in Nashville's public housing developments to encourage residents to get regular mammograms. Caro, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Vanderbilt School of Nursing, is a member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation board and serves as its co-chair for education.She
was honored earlier this month with Komen's "Local Hero Award."
The Frances Williams Preston Award is named for the president and chief executive officer of the international music rights organization BMI