On a rainy Wednesday morning, a group of shift-dress and boot-clad women trekked east to the Rockefeller Research Laboratories Auditorium for the annual the Health Education Seminar of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. This year the event, hosted by Jamee Gregory, Karen LeFrak, Suzie Kovner and Kate Schroeder, was themed “Hot Topics,” a moniker that had the auditorium packed to capacity.

“Thank you so much for coming out on this nasty day, but we know our hot topics will help keep you warm,” said Gregory to an audience that included Coco Kopelman, Shoshanna Gruss, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Alexandra Lind Rose. She introduced three “rockstar” experts, Dr. Peter T. Scardino, Dr. Larry Norton and Dr. Moshe Shike who spoke about, respectively, drug prevention for prostate cancer; the effect of alcohol and hormones on breast cancer, and preventing cancer through nutrition.

“It’s wonderful to see some men in the room today. I think I had something to do with that,” quipped Scardino in his talk. Norton clearly knew his socially mobile audience.

“For every human, alcohol is a fact of life and needs to be examined,” he said encouraging a moderate approach.

Shike wrapped things up with an easy take home.

“If you go out of here and forget what I said, remember these words: control calories,” he said.

After the lecture, many moved across the hall to do just that, with boxed lunches that included a chicken salad with all of the naughty bits (bacon, eggs and blue cheese) on the side, fruit and cookies.

While those at Shike’s table mostly abstained from the fixings, one woman took a more carpe diem approach.

“Screw this, I’m eating my cookies,” she declared.

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