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Advocate Condell's free lecture helps sort out cancer screening myths

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Cancer screening guidelines can differ dramatically. Should women get mammograms at 40 or 50? Should men have a PSA screen for prostate cancer at all?

With so much information available to health consumers, it is easy to get confused. But because screening is an important way to detect cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most likely to be curable, knowing when to get screened is critical, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Dean Tsarwhas, MD, Board Certified in Oncology, will clarify guidelines in a free lecture, "Should I Get Screened," presented at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Conference Center.

Dr. Tsarwhas will present the latest information on screening recommendations, and answer questions. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request program 5C48.

The effort is part of a series of presentations to raise awareness about cancer risks. Other topics include prostate health, weight and cancer and breast health. Participants will receive updated information on disease prevention and treatment, and have the opportunity to ask questions of presenting physicians. All programs are free, and giveaways and refreshments will be available.

Additional programs include:

• "Weight and Cancer," presented by Jennifer DeBruler, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Conference Center. Of course, no diet or lifestyle can promise full protection against any disease. And for some people, good nutrition, a healthy body weight, and regular exercise may not affect their cancer risk. But if the nutrition and physical activity recommendations are taken as a lifelong commitment, many people can lower their risk of cancer and other diseases. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, of the more than 500,000 cancer deaths each year, one in three is linked to diet and activity habits like being overweight or obese. That's the same number linked to tobacco use. Dr. DeBruler gives tips on weight management and start eating --- and living --- like a healthy person. A Q&A will follow the lecture. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request program 5C45.

• "Breast Cancer: Know the Risks, Know the Facts," presented by Eileen Morrison, MD, Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Advocate Condell Medical Center's Conference Center. Learn about the factors that may affect a woman's risk for breast cancer, get information on early detection tests, and find out about the latest treatments. A Q&A will follow the lecture. The lecture is free, but registration is required. Call 800-323-8622 and request program 5C46.

• In addition, Advocate Condell Medical Center is offering a flu shot clinic fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. A limited number of influenza vaccines will be available for a suggested $10 donation to benefit ACS. Participants also will receive a free colorectal screening kit, with instructions on how to complete the test at home. The clinic will be held from 7-11 am on Monday, Oct. 8, at Advocate Condell's Gurnee Centre Club, 1405 N. Hunt Club Road, Gurnee. The registration code is 5A05.

About Advocate Condell Medical Center

Advocate Condell Medical Center is the leading provider of comprehensive medical and surgical services in Lake County, with state-of-the-art heart, neurosurgical, maternity and emergency services. Condell's emergency department is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Lake County, Illinois. It also features the only dedicated pediatric emergency department in the county. Condell holds accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for cardiac patients, and is accredited by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Advocate Condell is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the Chicago metro area for superior results in patient safety and health outcomes.

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