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Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta presents GET UP Fitness Challenge

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta is presenting its GET UP Fitness Challenge, an initiative that encourages Atlantans to get active while also raising money and awareness for breast cancer.

Research indicates that regular exercise can lower breast cancer risk by 10 to 20 percent, so being active is important in the fight against breast cancer. The GET UP Fitness Challenge is great way to fit exercise into the busy lives of our supporters.

Don’t miss the Komen Atlanta GET UP Fitness Challenge wrap up event at UrbanTree Cidery® on Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature trivia games and other entertainment, and is open to the anyone! UrbanTree Cidery® is located at 1465 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

Visit to find out how to participate in the GET UP Fitness Challenge.

Your age, lifestyle and family play role in prevention 

Provided by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute 

There is no magic formula that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer. 

Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan. 

Most people don’t realize that about 80 percent of people diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a relative who had the disease. 

That is why it’s so important to get yearly check-ups and mammograms for anyone over the age of 40. 

Two easy ways to reduce your risk for breast cancer

  • Eat healthy
  • Stay fit

Because breast cancer has been associated with obesity, watching your diet and exercising are great lifestyle changes anyone can make (and they have benefits for other aspects of women’s health as well!) 

Family History 

If a woman does have a family history of breast cancer, her risk may be increased so she has several options to learn more. 

Genetic counseling and testing can help women understand how their family history impacts their odds of developing breast cancer and learn about options for increased screening or even surgery to reduce their risk. 

A simple blood or saliva test can determine if a person carries a mutation in a gene that increases the chance of developing breast, or other cancers. 

The most well-known examples are the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes; however additional breast cancer genes have been discovered as well. 

A harmful genetic mutation can be inherited from a mother or father. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50 percent chance (or 1 in 2) of also inheriting the mutation. 

Therefore, genetic testing is not just information for one person, but a whole family. 

Anyone considering testing should first speak with their doctor who can refer them to a genetic counselor, so all of the implications of testing can be discussed. 

Age is an important risk factor

The time for average risk women to begin having yearly mammograms is age 40, but some doctors recommend beginning earlier depending on certain factors, like family history.

Although mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, statistics show that by screening for breast cancers and detecting them at the earliest possible point, they can lower the risk of a woman dying of breast cancer by 35 percent in women over the age of 50. 

For more information about mammograms, genetic counseling or your risks for breast cancer, visit or call 404-531-4444.

Provided by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

Fighting Breast Cancer

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Fighting Breast Cancer

Your age, lifestyle and family play role in prevention. There is no magic formula that predicts who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and no one is absolutely not at risk for breast cancer. Breast cancer is typically most treatable when it is detected at earlier stages, so breast screening is a very important part of a woman’s health care plan...

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke, former girlfriend of Clint Eastwood, dead at 74

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Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke, former girlfriend of Clint Eastwood, dead at 74

Academy Award-nominated actress and director Sondra Locke has died from cancer at the age of 74.

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Locke died on Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home from cardiac arrest related to breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press.

Locke is probably best known for the six movies she made with her longtime boyfriend actor/director Clint Eastwood in the late 1970s and ‘80s, including “Sudden Impact,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” “The Gauntlet,” and “Every Which Way But Loose.”

Locke and Eastwood were together for 14 years, from 1975 until 1989.

She earned her Oscar nomination for her first movie, 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”

Born Sandra Louise Anderson on May 28, 1944, Locke was raised in Shelbyville, Tennessee, where she graduated from high school and attended Middle Tennessee State University where she studied drama.

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Locke appeared in just three films in the past 18 years: 2000’s “Clean and Narrow, “The Prophet’s Game,” also in 2000 and co-starring Keith Carradine, and “Ray Meets Helen” in 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was the executive producer on 2015’s “Knock Knock,” starring Keanu Reeves.


            Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

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Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968's "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died.

Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming from breast and bone cancer, according to a death certificate obtained by The Associated Press. She was 74. Authorities were promptly notified at the time, but her death was not publicized until RadarOnline first reported it Thursday. It is not clear why it took nearly six weeks to come to light.

Locke was best known for the six films she made with Eastwood — whom she dated for 13 years — starting with the Western "The Outlaw Josey Wales" in 1976 and ending with the Dirty Harry movie "Sudden Impact" in 1983.

Born Sandra Louise Smith — she would later take on a stepfather's last name and take on the stage name Sondra — Locke grew up in Tennessee, where she worked at a radio station and appeared in a handful of plays before winning a nationwide talent search in 1967 to be cast opposite leading man Alan Arkin in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1940 novel "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter."

She would win raves for the role along with nominations for a Golden Globe and an Oscar. Both awards went to Ruth Gordon for "Rosemary's Baby."

She had a run of unmemorable film and TV roles until meeting Eastwood on the set of "Josey Wales," which he both directed and starred in.

Her career would mirror his for the next several years. The pair's hit films also included the 1978 street-fighting and orangutan comedy "Every Which Way But Loose" and its 1980 sequel "Any Which Way You Can."

Locke also played singer Rosemary Clooney in a 1982 TV biopic, and directed the 1986 film "Ratboy," which flopped in the U.S. but was popular with critics in Europe.

In 1989, Locke's charmed life came to an end as Eastwood broke up with her, she later wrote. The locks were changed and her things were placed outside a home she thought had been a gift from Eastwood.

She sued Eastwood for palimony then later sued him for fraud saying a movie development deal he arranged for her was a sham to get her to drop the palimony suit. They settled the highly publicized lawsuit for an undisclosed amount during jury deliberations in 1996.

The following year she released her memoir, titled "The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey," which also detailed the double mastectomy and chemotherapy that came with her first bout with breast cancer.

She told the AP at the time that the title, a play on one of Eastwood's films, was "applicable to the story."

"I try to cover the good years as well as the bad and the ugly," Locke said. "Also, that in even the worst ugly things there can sometimes be a lot that will make you a better person."

Locke had married actor Gordon Anderson in 1967. According to her death certificate, the two were still legally married when she died, and he was the person who reported her death. She described their relationship to the AP in 1997 as just good friends. A phone number listed in Anderson's name rang without being picked up.

Cancer expected to surpass heart disease as leading cause of death in US, study says

Cancer will soon be the leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new report

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Researchers recently conducted a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, to explore data that suggests cancer will surpass heart disease as the leading cause of death in America.

To do so, they examined the death records of more than 32 million adults, aged 25 and older, across 3,143 American counties between 2003 and 2015. They assessed their medical information, income, race and other demographic data and followed them for about 13 years.

After analyzing the results, they found heart disease was the leading cause of death for 79 percent of counties in 2003, while cancer was the leading cause in the others. In 2015, heart disease was the leading cause of death for 59 percent of counties, with cancer being the leading cause in the remaining.

Overall, the heart disease mortality rate decreased by 28 percent between 2003 and 2015, and the cancer mortality rate dropped by 16 percent.

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However, upon further investigation, they discovered cancer deaths may be more on the rise in higher income counties. Heart disease deaths declined by 30 percent in high-income counties, while low-income counties experienced a 22 percent drop. A similar pattern was apparent for cancer deaths as the threat fell by 18 percent in high-income counties and by 11 percent in low-income ones.

“Data show that heart disease is more likely to be the leading cause of death in low-income counties,” the authors wrote. “Low-income counties have not experienced the same decrease in mortality rates as high-income counties, which suggests a later transition to cancer as the leading cause of death in low-income counties.”

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They also noted patterns among racial and ethnic groups. Cancer replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death for Asian-Americans, Hispanics and whites. That was not the case for American Indians/Alaska Natives or blacks.

While the mechanisms behind the shifts in mortality rates are unclear, the scientists believe differences in smoking, obesity and diabetes trends between high and low income groups could be factors. 

As they continue their research, they are encouraging individuals to undergo recommended cancer screenings and practice healthy lifestyles. 

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