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Dr. Olya Banchik Tapped to Speak at National Ovarian Cancer Coalition National Convention

Founder of Smiles for Survivors to Share Knowledge of Oral Health and Cancer Treatment on November 9 at the M Resort Hotel and Spa

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PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 5, 2012 - LAS VEGAS - Dr. Olya Banchik, Smiles for Survivors Foundation (http://www.smilesforsurvivors.org/)™ founder and executive director, has been named as presenting speaker at the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s 14th annual conference Nov. 9, 2012.  The three-day event entitled “Imagine the Impact” will be held at M Resort Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas Nov. 8-10.  

Dr. Banchik will present “Your Smile During and After Cancer Treatment.”  Smiles for Survivors is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support breast cancer patients and survivors by raising awareness of the potential oral side effects of cancer treatment and by providing preventative and restorative dental treatment for breast cancer patients and survivors through a network of dentists and dental specialists.

An expert in oral health and cancer patients, Dr. Banchik was personally selected by the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition to provide the most up-to-date health and wellness information to empower and educate women affected by the disease.

“I am honored that the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has invited me to speak at their annual conference,” said Dr. Banchik, who practiced dentistry for almost ten years; she now commits her attention fulltime to the non-profit. “Many types of cancer patients going through treatment experience oral health problems, yet it is seldom addressed. This is an opportunity to share our message and educate more people about this issue. Our hope is that this education will enable healthcare professionals and cancer patients and survivors to be better prepared to address oral health complications.”

Smiles for Survivors Foundation (SFS) is a Las Vegas-based non-profit organization that raises awareness of potential oral side effects of cancer treatment and provides dental treatment for breast cancer patients and survivors through a network of dentists. SFS network of dentists who provide services on a pro-bono basis have performed 40 procedures on local breast cancer patients and survivors to help restore their oral health by repairing damage and alleviating pain caused by cancer treatment.  Most recently, SFS celebrated their 2nd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer fundraising event at Square Colour Salon + Spa.  The posh beauty event raised nearly $15,000 for the organization and its continued efforts.

About Smiles for Survivors

Smiles for Survivors™ is a registered 501(c)3 foundation, whose mission is to support breast cancer patients and survivors. The organization works with dentists and dental specialists to provide preventative and restorative dental treatment, to educate cancer patients about potential oral side effects of chemotherapy, and to raise awareness in our community about the importance of nutrition and maintaining good oral health before, during, and after cancer treatments. Through a vetting process, Smiles for Survivors Foundation selects qualified breast cancer patients and survivors to participate in the Make Her Smile program, which provides necessary dental procedures to improve oral health. Dr. Olya Banchik, a Las Vegas-based dentist whose life was personally touched by the disease, established the Smiles for Survivors Foundation in 2010. More information on Smiles for Survivors Foundation can be found at www.smilesforsurvivors.org. Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Smiles-for-Survivors/257764...) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/#%21/smiles4survivrs).

About the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)

The mission of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, with over 30 chapters across the United States, is to increase education and promote awareness of ovarian cancer.  The Coalition is committed to improving the survival rate and quality of life for women with the disease.  NOCC is the largest and oldest ovarian cancer awareness and education organization in the United States. Since its inception in 1995, NOCC has been committed to raising awareness of ovarian cancer in communities across the country and to providing education, support and hope for women with ovarian cancer, caregivers and the medical community.  For more information on the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, please visit www.ovarian.org or call 888-OVARIAN.  Follow NOCC online at facebook.com/noccnational and on Twitter @NOCCNational

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