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Northside Hospital offers free screenings, education, events

Northside Hospital offers free health screenings, education, community events. The schedule includes:

Feb. 8: Northside Hospital stroke screening (Cumming)

Northside Hospital is offering a community stroke screening, at no cost, to help you identify your risk factors and what you can do to reduce your chance of having a stroke. It will take place Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. at the Northside Hospital Forsyth Bennett Education Center, located at 1200 Northside Forsyth Drive, in Cumming. To schedule an appointment or for information about other upcoming cancer screenings, call 404-851-6550.

Feb. 20: Northside Hospital prostate screening (Cumming)

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is offering a community prostate cancer screening, at no cost, to measure men’s risk for developing the disease. It will take place Thursday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology – Forsyth, located on the Northside Hospital Forsyth campus at 1100 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 140, in Cumming. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests will be available to men between 45 and 75, who have never had prostate cancer or a PSA blood test in the last 12 months, are eligible to participate in the screening. Qualified interpreters will be available free of charge, with advanced requests. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment or for information about other upcoming cancer screenings, call 404-531-4444.

March 1: Strollin’ 4 the Colon (Lawrenceville)

A 5K Walk/Run for colorectal cancer awareness, benefitting cancer patients at Northside Hospital Gwinnett. The event will take place Saturday, March 1 on the property of Sugarloaf Mills Mall. Registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. Trophies will be given to the top overall male and top overall female winners as well as the Masters Male and Master's Female winner. For more information or to register, visit: strollin4thecolon.com.

March 3: Built to Quit (Atlanta, Canton and Cumming)

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute will host a six-week Built to Quit course, offering the American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking® program to help participants learn the hazards of smoking and using tobacco products, the benefits of quitting, and strategies and skills to cope with urges. The course is led by a certified facilitator and includes behavioral therapists, nutritionists and respiratory therapists who will provide support and guidance. Participants receive nicotine replacement therapy (if qualified) and a hard copy curriculum with a meditation CD. Classes are conducted primarily in a group setting, with face-to-face interaction that allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences. Afternoon classes are available at Northside Hospital campuses in Atlanta, Canton and Cumming, with evening classes also available in Atlanta and Cumming. Lunch or dinner is provided. Online classes also are available upon request. To register online, visit: northside.com/smoking-and-tobacco-resources. For more information, call 404-780-7653 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

March 7: Sports Medicine For All conference (Alpharetta)

The Sports Medicine for All conference is a comprehensive program that strives to bridge the gap between science and practice, presenting practical strategies to improve interventions and optimize patient care of athletes and active people of all ages and skill levels. Topics will include overuse vs. exercise deficiencies, new treatment interventions and return to sport initiatives, unique risk factors and injuries of the weekend warrior, evidence-based concussion protocols, identifying cardiovascular risks with strenuous strength training and conditioning, orthobiologics indications and outcomes, and the role of performance nutrition. The one-day conference will be Saturday, March 7 at the Alpharetta Conference Center at Hotel Avalon, 9000 Avalon Blvd, in Alpharetta. Visit northside.com/SportsMedConference for more information or to register. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

March 19: Northside Hospital skin cancer screening (Cumming)

The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is offering a community skin cancer screening, at no cost, to emphasize the importance of skin safety. It will take place Thursday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology – Forsyth, located on the Northside Hospital Forsyth campus at 1100 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 140, in Cumming. Medical professionals will provide a brief skin assessment in a private setting. You must be 18 or older to participate. Qualified interpreters will be available free of charge, with advanced requests. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an appointment or for information about other upcoming cancer screenings, call 404-531-4444.

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