September 28, 2009
Free program on Breast Health: Myths and Misconceptions
La Grange – Learn about myths and misconceptions surrounding breast health at a free program presented by Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Colleen Hagen, the hospital’s senior attending surgeon, will provide information on breast health risk factors, new treatments and more. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about breast cancer,” Hagen said. “Many people think that cancer risk runs in the maternal family line or that most breast cancer cases are inherited. Neither is true. That’s why education is so important.”
Family history is a risk factor for breast cancer, but so are age, race, ethnicity, personal health history, dense breast tissue, and obesity. Women have a one in eight (or 13 percent) chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes.
“Breast Health: Myths and Misconceptions,” part of the MDConnect series, is scheduled from 6 -7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Dixon Education Center at the hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited, so registration is recommended. To register, call (630) 856-7525 or visit www.keepingyouwell.com and click on “Education & Events.”