REED CITY — Early detection of cancer could save your life.

The Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center is offering women the opportunity to learn detection techniques at the second annual Breast Health Workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 2. Women of all ages are encouraged to attend this free event at the cancer center, located at 4499 220th Ave. in Reed City.

“Knowing how to perform a proper breast self-exam is key to detecting a lump at the earliest possible stage,” said Renee Leonard, a registered nurse who organized the event. “This event will empower women to take charge of their health and give them the information they need that could help save their life, or the life of a friend.”

Using life-like breast forms made from synthetic tissue that have been embedded with simulated tumors, nurse educators will demonstrate the proper technique for a breast self-exam. The forms illustrate various types of common lumps found in the breast and how to thoroughly search to find them. The event will also include a presentation on types of breast cancer and the role heredity plays. Several breast cancer survivors will share their stories, openly discussing what they went through on their cancer journey and how early detection saved their life. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and learn from the survivors.

Light refreshments will be served and participants can enter to win door prizes. Attendees can also receive a tour of the cancer center upon request. The event is free and open to the female public. The cancer center is located across the street from Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital.