Breast cancer month

Genetic testing for breast cancer risk takes spotlight at event

October 6, 2013 

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BORGMAN — MCT

— The Lexington Medical Center’s annual Women’s Night Out, which honors cancer survivors and their families, is set for Oct. 15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The keynote speakers are Heidi Marble and Jen Curfman, telling their story in a program they call “Skin Tight Genes.”

Marble was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, which is rare and aggressive. Adopted as a child, Marble began a search to learn about her birth family’s health history. She found her biological sister, Curfman, and discovered that she and her sister carried the BRCA2 gene. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that play a role in an increased risk for developing breast cancer.

Guests at the Women’s Night Out event are encouraged to wear their finest and dressiest jeans as a show of support. Proceeds from the event will cover the cost of genetic screening for women that are uninsured.

Call (803) 791-2445 or go to lexmed.com for information or to buy tickets.

•  Did you know the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to pay for mammograms, and many other preventive screenings, with no copay required by the policy holder? This is almost all policies, not just the ones sold on the new Health Insurance Marketplace. Only a few old insurance plans with requirements “grandfathered in” can still require policy holders to pay for mammograms.

•  The Richland County Recreation Commission is hosting several activities, including a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. at Caughman Road Park, call (803) 783-0400 for info; and the Hoop for Life basketball tournament Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at Bluff Road Park, call (803) 776-8698

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