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St-Mary Corwin Medical Center offers free genetic cancer screenings

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The Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is offering a free genetic cancer screening event Thursday Nov. 9.

The event is free to the public, people will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a genetic counselor to review family history, learn about potential risks, screening protocols for certain cancers like breast, ovarian, lung, prostate and more.

In addition to cancer screenings, those who are risk for lung cancer will have the opportunity to meet the Dorcy Cancer Center Lung Navigator for tips and resources to help with smoke cessation. Smokers from ages 55-74 may also be eligible for a low-dose CT scan. 

“Cancer is best cured if it is detected in its earliest stages, and genetic screening provides the opportunity for individuals to learn more about their genetic predisposition and other risks,” said Brenda Galassini, oncology program manager, St. Mary-Corwin. “A simple and quick screening is imperative in being proactive and maintaining excellent health. We urge individuals to take advantage of this service that may in some cases be lifesaving.”

The National Cancer Institute says some genetic mutations can have a negative effect on a persons's health, and may increase the overall risk of developing a disease or cancer. Overall inherited mutations play a role in about five to 10 percent of all cancers.

The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Dorcy Cancer Center at 2004 Lake Ave in Pueblo. 

For more information or to register, call 719-557-4548.

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