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BCPC on front lines in battling cancer

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 9:11am

The Breast Cancer Pre-vention Coalition recently raised more than $19,000 through the Vintage Victors for a Cure golf tournament at Mount Vintage Plantation. The group has raised more than $61,000 for cancer research in the four years it has held the golf tournament.

The money supports ‘‘breast cancer research and clinical trials’’ at Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center, according to BCPC vice president Karen Eckert.

The BCPC will show a teen wellness video in select schools this month that will teach them how to reduce their risk of having breast cancer and other diseases, Eckert said. Schools also participate in the Find the Cure fundraiser to raise money for breast cancer. In two years, students have raised more than $17,000, she said.

‘‘Encouraging students to make healthy lifestyle choices that can help reduce their risk of cancer is extremely important to the BCPC,’’ Eckert said.

Eckert said women are told early detection of breast cancer is crucial, but that’s like saying smoke detectors prevent fires.

‘‘Just as you can practice fire safety, you can apply strategies to reduce your risk of breast cancer and other preventable diseases.’’

The BCPC will meet at
11 a.m. Saturday in the confer­-
ence room in New Life Natural Foods, 2825 Washington Road, Augusta. Dr. Robert Pendergrast will discuss cancer prevention choices.

To register to attend the fall meeting, call BCPC president Nita Zachow at (803) 279-6019 or Eckert at (803) 279-8031. For more information about the BCPC, visit www.bcpccsra.org.

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