OAK BROOK, Ill. -- A long way from Hollywood, Giuliana Rancic finds a new audience in Oak Brook for a subject close to her heart.
"When I found out I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I just could not even...that was the first time I had heard those words," Rancic said. "Thirty-six years old, no family history, very healthy, very energetic and vibrant -- if it can happen to me it can happen to you."
On this first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Rancic is one of many at Saturday's Breast Health Symposium talking about personal stories. Medical professionals from Advocate Health Care were also in attendance, talking about detection and treatment for a disease that affects a quarter of a million new women each year.
"We’re trying to serve as a reminder that early detection is so critical when it comes to breast cancer," Rancic said.
If caught early, breast cancer has a 98 percent survival rate.
"That’s what we’re really trying to focus on at this symposium is making doctors, nurses, techs and healthcare workers aware of all these advancements," said Dr. Heidi Memmel, an Advocate Health Care surgeon.
Ultimately, knowledge for women to make their health a priority is the key.
"The power of that positive attitude -- you cannot underestimate it. It’s very important," Rancic said.