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Published on February 07, 2012

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Offers Final Installment of "Breastology 101" Program

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Columbia Parks and Recreation’s Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) and the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will help mid-Missouri women assess their risk for developing breast cancer with the last in a series of six breast cancer awareness and education programs, “Breastology 101.”

“Breastology 101” is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, in rooms B and C at the ARC at 1701 W. Ash Street. The program is free and open to the public. Each attendee will receive a backpack, educational materials and a chance to win door prizes.

Stacey Miller, M.S., C.G.C., a certified genetic counselor with Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, will lead the interactive program designed to educate and increase awareness about breast cancer risks, screening and prevention options. Miller is specially trained in cancer risk assessment and cancer genetics.

“All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, but the risk is different depending on any personal or family history risk factors,” said Miller. “Knowing your risk and doing something about your risk can save lives.” 

Miller’s presentation will specifically focus on the following topics:

• Personal, environmental and family history risk factors

• Discussion of “average risk” versus “high risk” for breast cancer

• Recommended screenings for women

• Breast cancer prevention options

• Red flags for hereditary breast cancer

• How to get a personalized breast cancer risk assessment

• Breast cancer facts and statistics

“Breastology 101” is funded through a grant provided by the Mid-Missouri Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The grant was provided to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center to increase awareness and education about breast cancer through outreach programs such as “Breastology 101.”

For more information, please contact Nancy Elliott at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center at (573) 882-4837.