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KentuckyOne Health To Host “Be a Breast Friend” Event at University of Louisville
Event will help educate students about breast cancer screening and prevention
KentuckyOne Health is helping to educate University of Louisville students about screening and prevention for breast cancer, through the “Be a Breast Friend” event. At this event, students will learn about different screening methods for breast cancer and how to be a breast care advocate. Genetic counselors will be on-site to provide information about genetic testing for breast cancer, and certified medical professionals will demonstrate how to perform self-breast exams. Guests will have the chance to spin a prize wheel and win pink giveaways.
“Be a Breast Friend” Event
University of Louisville
Student Recreation Center
2030 S. 4th Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Tuesday, October 18
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Photo/video of self-breast exam demonstrations
• Photo/video of guests spinning the prize wheel and winning giveaways
• Interviews with Jessica Pack, Certified Genetic Counselor and Tonya Whitehouse, Senior Breast Care Advocate with KentuckyOne Health
In Kentucky alone, there are expected to be more than 25,000 new cases of breast cancer this year, and more than 10,000 deaths from the disease. Breast cancer screening tests, such as self-breast examinations, clinical breast examinations and mammograms, can help physicians detect breast cancer in women early-on. Early detection can be the difference between life and death for breast cancer victims.
Some women inherit altered versions of the human genes BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2, which can increase a woman’s lifetime risk for developing breast cancer. Testing for inherited abnormal genes through BRCA genetic testing can help save the lives of those at increased risk for breast cancer.
In addition to the “Be a Breast Friend” event, KentuckyOne Health will also commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and “Go Pink” during a University of Louisville football game. The football game will take place on Friday, October 14. During the game, KentuckyOne Health will be handing out pink compact mirrors, pens and other breast cancer awareness items to spectators.