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Published on October 11, 2013

Pretty in Pink Brunch to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has scheduled a special event featuring healthy food and a host of breast cancer experts in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Pretty in Pink Brunch will take place on Saturday, October 26, at Gibbs Cancer Center—Pelham (250 Westmoreland Road in Greer) from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

In addition to a brunch of healthy food, activities will include:

• A yoga session
• A panel discussion with SRHS oncologists and plastic surgeons
• A presentation by Thomas Hudson, M.D., a breast cancer expert, author and highly sought-after speaker

While the brunch is open to everyone, registration is required. To register, visit gibbscancercenter.com or call 560-7999.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Prevention: Reducing Your Risk
Because breast cancer affects nearly one in eight women, every woman should know what she can do to lower her risk of developing the illness. While some risk factors such as family history can't be changed, lifestyle changes can lower the risk of breast cancer. 

These changes include: 

• Limiting alcohol; no more than one drink a day 
• Avoiding tobacco
• Controlling weight, particularly after menopause
• Staying physically active; 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week
• Breastfeeding
• Limiting dose and duration of hormone therapy
• Avoiding exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.

Be vigilant about breast cancer detection. If you notice any changes in your breasts, such as a new lump or skin changes, consult your doctor. Also, ask your doctor when to begin mammograms and other screenings.

SRHS’s Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health is the only comprehensive breast imaging center in the Upstate. In addition to offering free breast health awareness programs, it also provides a host of other services, including:

• Advanced digital mammography, which can help identify tumors that are too small to be felt during a physical exam or self-exam

• Mobile mammography for women who may not have access to care because of lack of time or transportation

• Screenings and community outreach programs throughout the community

• A Cancer Learning Center library and media center that offers the latest information on breast cancer and treatments

• High Risk Breast Clinic that helps women who run a greater than normal risk of developing breast cancer understand the facts in their own personal situation

For more information, visit gibbscancercenter.com.

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