In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Cancer Institute is hosting the campus’ 10th annual Paint the Town Pink event for women who are interested in learning more about breast health.
The free community program, to be held today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Robert N. Stein, MD Auditorium and Conference Center, will feature Lindsay Avner, founder and CEO of Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
After losing multiple family members to breast cancer and undergoing genetic testing that revealed she carried a BRCA gene mutation, significantly increasing her own risk for breast and ovarian cancer, Avner became the youngest woman in the country to undergo a risk-reducing double mastectomy at only 23-years-old. She now dedicates all her time to educating, supporting and inspiring women to take their health into their own hands.
The American Cancer Society estimates about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.
“While the long-term prognosis for breast cancer outcomes has improved, early detection remains a key factor for receiving the best outcomes,” said Barbara Krueger MD, medical director of the breast cancer program at Christ Medical Center.
In addition to listening to Lindsay Avner, Paint the Town Pink participants will listen to educational lectures about the relationship between nutrition and cancer from Liz McGreal, a medical center nutritionist, and breast health education from Dr. Krueger.
Also, a Q&A session with exciting panel discussions will be led by various health care professionals from Christ Medical Center. Experts and topics include:
- Breast health – Dr. Barbara Krueger, breast surgeon
- Nutrition – Liz McGreal, nutritionist
- Genetic Risk – Cristina Ruiz, genetic counselor
- Exercise – Brandon Nemeth, fitness specialist
Community members can register for Paint the Town Pink by visiting bit.ly/CMCPaintPink or by calling 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) and referring to event code 1C35. Complimentary lunch and breakfast will be provided.