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Upstate Cancer Center to host cancer prevention event Feb. 2

Upstate downtown during the day

The Upstate Cancer Center kicks off National Cancer Prevention Month celebration with an event Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Destiny USA.

The event, billed as “Prevention is Key,” will provide information on cancer screenings and healthy life choices people can make to prevent cancer.  Experts from the Upstate Cancer Center will be on hand to answer questions.

“The U.S. cancer death rate has dropped nearly 30 percent over the past 25 years mostly due to reductions in smoking,” said Leslie Kohman, MD, director of outreach for the Upstate Cancer Center. “We have also made advances in early detection and treatments, but there is much we can do to decrease our risk of cancer, and this event will provide information and access to experts who can help you lower your cancer risk.”

Information on Upstate’s She Matters breast screening program and We Matter, the colon-cancer screening program, will be available as well as details on various cancer programs from the American Cancer Society.

A survey to assess one’s cancer risk will also be available.

Prize drawings and giveaways will be offered.

The Upstate Cancer Center survivor bell will be on site for cancer survivors to ring in celebration.

Prevention is Key is supported by the Upstate Cancer Center, the region’s most comprehensive resource for cancer care, offering the most advanced outpatient treatment, numerous clinical research studies, and extensive support services all in one convenient location, at 750 East Adams St. Cancer treatment services are also available at the Upstate Cancer Center at Oneida and the Upstate Cancer Center at Oswego.

For more information on cancer services, call 315-464-4673.