News Release

August 26, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Women Programs: September 2008

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Women, the free women’s health membership program of the University of Connecticut Health Center, provides valuable health and wellness information to the community. A variety of programs are being offered in September.

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness: Dr. John Nash will discuss gynecologic malignancies including cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers. His talk will cover who is at risk, as well as prevention and treatment strategies. The talk will take place Thursday, September 11, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the L'Oréal Paris store at Westfarms Mall (lower level) in Farmington. The event is co-sponsored with the Julie Merle Epstein Cancer Fund and L'Oréal Paris. Refreshments will be provided and cancer survivors will receive a 10 percent discount on products purchased at L'Oréal Paris.

Celebrating 15 Years of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Breast health specialists will discuss risk factors for developing breast cancer, strategies to prevent or lower your risk, and breast cancer treatments. The talk will be held Monday, September 15, noon to 1 p.m. in the Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the 15th anniversary of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer five-mile noncompetitive walk at Bushnell Park in Hartford. Lecture can be viewed live at

A Journey through the Unpredictable World of Genetic Testing: The program begins with a viewing of In the Family, an 83-minute movie about the difficult decision 27-year old Joanna Rudnick had to make after she tested positive for the mutation that puts her at high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer. A panel discussion will follow the film with plenty of time for questions. The program will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington. Co-sponsored with the American Cancer Society. This event is in collaboration with P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series (

Prostate Cancer - Advanced Treatments: The program will include an overview on benign conditions of the prostate and a discussion of the most current treatment approaches to prostate cancer. TomoTherapy® Hi-Art® treatment system is a new cancer treatment available in the state only at the UConn Health Center; and robotic radical prostatectomy is a precise, minimally invasive technique to remove a cancerous prostate gland. The talk will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington.

Registration for these programs is required. The programs are free unless otherwise noted. Call 866-433-6253 or 860-679-8899. For more information, visit the Celebrate Health web site:

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