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Cancer Genetic Testing Counseling Offered During Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, designed to help educate women about their risk of developing the disease and the importance of detecting it in its earliest stages. 

As part of the month’s activities, UVMC will host free counseling about genetic testing for cancer October 18, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the John J. Dugan Infusion Center at the UVMC Cancer Care Center, 3130 N. County Road 25A, Troy.

Sarah Jones, RN, MS, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, will answer questions in personalized sessions.  Participants will receive information and an opportunity to participate in door prize drawings. 

Breast cancer claims more than 40,000 lives per year in the U.S. and is second only to lung cancer in the number of cancer deaths in women.      

The American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of breast cancer include: yearly mammogram starting at age 40; clinical breast exam every three years beginning at age 20 and annually for age 40 and over; and monthly breast self-exam beginning at age 20.

Women at increased risk, such as family history or past breast cancer, should consult their doctor about the benefits of earlier mammography screenings, additional tests and/or more frequent exams.

For further information, contact the UVMC Cancer Care Center at (937) 440-4820.