JOPLIN, Mo. – Because one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, any woman could be at risk, but how high is that risk?

Mercy Health Foundation will present two seminars on high-risk breast cancer from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10; and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Mercy Conference Center on the second floor near the gift shop.

The seminars are free, but seating is limited. To sign up for one of the seminars, go to Deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 7.

Mercy Breast Center doctor Walter C. Dandridge Jr., MD., will talk about risk factors, screenings, treatment options and genetic testing to detect breast cancer before diagnosis. Dr. Dandridge also is chairman of Mercy Hospital Joplin’s surgery department.

Mercy is a leader in breast cancer screening and treatment in ways that are saving lives, reducing treatment times and providing personalized care and support. At the forefront is the breast center’s convenient screening options, which include the region’s only 3-D (tomosynthesis) mammograms for clearer images. The center also offers genetic testing, advanced stereotactic biopsy, MRI and ultrasound.

Mercy Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to advance health care in Joplin by securing public support for projects and services that touch the lives of families, friends and community. For more information on the foundation, call 417-556-2267 or visit

For more information on Mercy Breast Center, call 417-556-2273. To learn more about genetic testing, visit

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2016 by Truven, an IBM company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.