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September 2015 at 9:30 am 

As children head back to school this year many of them will face struggles they don’t know how to deal with.  The American Justice Department reports that 1 in 4 children will be bullied during their youth…that happens in school and online.  Children also face important choices about alcohol and drugs with drug use in teens on the increase.  A former professional wrestler is taking on these topics head on with an important message for high school students.  Our own Laurel Vaughn spoke to Jeff Bearden about the topics that affected him growing up.


One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime…it is the leading cancer among women after skin cancer and the leading cause of cancer death for women after lung cancer.   Next month an event in Fountain Inn will celebrate the life of women who are affected by breast cancer.  The event is called Pynkalycious and its being put on by the Chapman Foundation.  Regina Brooks Gilmore and Shay Davis are with Chapman Foundation and they join us in the studio.


Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer in men after skin cancer.  One in 7 men will be affected by prostate cancer during their lifetime.  Unfortunately 1 in 38 men will die from this disease.   This month is prostate cancer awareness month.  The Upstate Prostate Cancer Alliance is taking this opportunity to educate men about the symptoms and the risks.  Johnny Payne is the chapter leader and he joins us.