Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Learn about risk for developing breast cancer at awareness fair

From Staff Reports

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A breast cancer awareness fair will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at the Summit Family Y in Newnan. The informational fair is part of Winship at the Y, a collaboration between the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The event will highlight the importance of prevention, early detection, physical activity and nutrition.

Experts from the Winship Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society will offer information and be available for questions and discussion. The fair is from 9 to 11 a.m. and is open to all. Free risk assessments for developing breast cancer, giveaways and healthy snacks will be provided.

Winship at the Y includes a special program for cancer survivors to help them maintain and improve their overall wellness. During and after treatment, the program aims to lower the risk of recurrence. Survivors have access to The Coach Approach, an exercise support process developed by the Y that helps a person stay on track with an individual physical activity plan.

Breast cancer is a disease that, with the right precautions, can be treated early or prevented altogether. The awareness fair will highlight how everyone can be proactive in their personal health.

“Bringing awareness to breast cancer in the community is crucial,” says Joan Giblin, director of survivorship at the Winship Cancer Institute. “Everyone should stay informed and get screened if necessary. Maintaining the best state of wellness possible can do wonders, and I’ve seen this in the survivors I’ve worked with. I’ve seen hope restored.”

The Summit Family Y is located at 1765 East Hwy. 34 in Newnan. For more information, contact the Summit Family Y, 770-254-9622.

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