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Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day
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CANTON, GA -- Have you checked your breasts today?

In 2009, the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 40,170 women died from breast cancer. In Georgia, an estimated 5,840 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 1,140 will die from the disease this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County, in partnership with Northside Hospital-Cherokee, is presenting the 2nd annual Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center (1130 Bluffs Parkway, Canton, 30114).

"Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women behind lung cancer," said Sandra Gregory, M.D., radiation oncologist at Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Cherokee County. "It is a disease which is 100 percent treatable if caught early, so it is important to be educated and aware."

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until 2:00 p.m., with featured lectures from renowned female physicians and breast specialists. The day's activities will feature three panels addressing crucial topics for women: wellness and prevention, latest treatment and technology, and recent developments in breast cancer. Each panel will consist of some of the best and brightest in the field.

This free education event is an opportunity for women of the community to learn about genetic testing, partial breast irradiation, diet and nutrition, changes in surgical management of breast disease and breast cancer prevention. Northside Hospital's ScreenAtlanta mobile mammography van will be onsite performing mammograms, and attendees will also have an opportunity to sign up with StoryCorps Atlanta to go in-studio and record their personal experiences with breast cancer.

"Women who have been diagnosed or have loved ones who have been diagnosed are always the most eager to learn every last detail about breast cancer. But it is just as important, if not more important, for those who are not as aware to be educated and proactive in getting screened," said Dr. Gregory.

Breakfast, lunch and a survivor program will be provided, with a special butterfly release to honor all those who have fought and won the cancer battle.

Breast Health & Cancer Awareness Day is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended, but is only required for those requesting mammograms. To register, call 404-845-5555 and press 0 when prompted, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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