Free Talks to Mark National Cancer Prevention Month

Lifestyle Changes & Periodic Screenings Cut 1 in 3 Cancer Deaths

Contact:Guillermo Cole, Health Department
412-578-8004 office

In observance of National Cancer Prevention Month in February, the Allegheny County Health Department is offering free group presentations on prostate, ovarian and colorectal cancers.

The talks, which range from 20 to 40 minutes long depending on a group’s needs, cover risk factors, prevention strategies, symptoms and recommended screenings for each type of cancer.

Organizations, community groups, workplaces and churches are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to provide free health education to their members.

The presentations are conducted by Lorraine Starsky of the Health Department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program.  She is available evenings and weekends to meet the needs of organizations that are looking for speakers at those times.

A public health nurse with many years of experience educating people about chronic diseases, Ms. Starsky discusses each type of cancer in detail and talks about the importance of regular screening and education in the prevention and early detection of these cancers.

While cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than half a million Americans each year, as many as one out of every three deaths could be prevented by periodic screenings and lifestyle changes.   

Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in men, while ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women and causes more deaths than any other type of female reproductive cancer.

Colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon or rectum – is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States.  Among cancers affecting both men and women, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths nationwide.

For more information or to schedule a group presentation, please call Ms. Starsky at 412-247-7816.