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Cancer Services Program of Erie County plans online series for cancer prevention

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Wed, Aug 5th 2020 09:40 am

Free web-based presentations will focus screening, awareness for breast, cervical & colorectal cancers

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its Cancer Services Program will present three cancer prevention webinars. Each 6 p.m. 40-minute presentation will have a specific focus, starting with breast cancer Aug. 31, followed by colorectal cancer on Sept. 28 and cervical cancer on Jan. 10, 2021.

“We can’t let the current focus on COVID-19 distract us from being proactive about recommended cancer screenings,” Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein said. “These webinars will provide useful information to make decisions about your health.”

“The virtual meeting platform offers a unique and engaging way to educate our community,” added Michelle Wysocki, Cancer Services Program director. “Our traditional outreach events like health fairs and community activities are closed to us for the moment, so we are being creative in reaching Erie County residents with this important information.”

The webinars have been designed with the knowledge the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many traditional approaches to cancer prevention outreach. Each webinar will be recorded and available online for future viewing.

Attendees will have their names entered into a drawing for a grocery store gift card. To register, email [email protected] or call 716-858-2913 at least one day prior to the scheduled event. Participants will need to provide their email for the link to sign in, and will also need the Zoom app installed on their computer or smartphone in order to see the event.

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