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Hundreds gather in fight against breast cancer

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A big turnout Friday for the 16th annual Breast Cancer Conference in South Burlington.

The gathering draws hundreds of cancer survivors, caregivers, medical professionals and the general public.

This year the focus was on healthy lifestyle choices and how having a healthy heart can help fight breast cancer. Research is showing that positive lifestyle choices may reduce the risks for both breast cancer and heart disease. Local experts say, after treatment has ended, it's important to focus on your health moving forward.

"We want woman to end their cancer care well and exercising and getting back out enjoying exercise. And if they have been exhausted from their cancer treatment staying home on the couch depressed, they're going to be at increased risk for current cancer or heart disease," said Dr. Patti O'Brien of the Steps to Wellness Program.

Part of Friday's conference included cooking demonstrations and exercise classes.

Organizers hope sessions on prevention, early detection and genetic testing help increase awareness for younger woman.

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