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Breast cancer seminar planned Friday

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ROCKY MOUNT — Nash UNC Health Care is hosting a lunch-and-learn seminar in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday in the Mayo Surgery Pavilion’s Conference Center located on the Nash UNC Health Care campus.

“Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but not everyone knows the effect breast cancer has right here in our own community. Nash and Edgecombe County ranks among some of the highest mortality rates in the nation from breast cancer,” said Dr. Jay Manikkam, medical oncologist at UNC Cancer Care at Nash, whose major clinical interest is the management of breast cancer.

“Many people are susceptible to breast cancer based on their family history and lifestyle habits,” said Dr. Kelly McAlarney, breast fellowship-trained radiologist at Nash Breast Care Center.

McAlarney continued, “Lots of women think they don’t need a mammogram unless they feel a lump, or unless they are older. This is not true. Mammograms save lives when we find cancers when they are small. The best thing women can do is get their yearly mammograms starting at age 40.”

Sterling Grimes, executive director of UNC Cancer Care at Nash, said this lunch-and-learn event is a unique opportunity for the public.

“It’s not often that the public gets to sit down and talk with the doctors about any concerns they might have or questions they want answered. For those who want to learn more about breast cancer in general, this event is a great opportunity.”

Registration is required to attend and can be completed through the Nash UNC Health Care website, nashunchealthcare.org/events, or by calling 252-962-8766. The event is free and lunch is provided.