RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -

Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Eisenhower Medical Center's Schnizter/Novack Breast Center will offer free clinical breast exams starting today and lectures beginning Thursday.

Lectures will be held at Eisenhower's Lucy Curci Cancer Center in Rancho Mirage and the George and Julia Argyros Health Center in La Quinta.

Free breast exams will be offered at those locations and at the Eisenhower Health Center in Palm Springs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Oct. 16, 23 and 30; one of those locations will host exams on each date.

More information is posted at www.emc.org.

The lecture lineup:

Thursday at 5 p.m.: ``Breast Cancer: Myths and Realities.'' Lucy Curci Cancer Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage

Oct. 17 at 5 p.m.: ``The Angelina Jolie Effect: Are You at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer?'' Lucy Curci Cancer Center

Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m.: ``Breast Cancer Prevention: How to Reduce Your Risk.'' Lucy Curci Cancer Center

Oct. 22 at noon: Breast Screening Recommendations: What's Right for Me?'' Lucy Curci Cancer Center

Oct. 24 at 5:30 p.m.: ``Update on the Newest Treatment Options for Early Stage Breast Cancer.'' Lucy Curci Cancer Center; and Oct. 29 at 4 p.m.: ``Treatment Options for Metastatic Breast Cancer.'' George and Julia Argyros Health Center, 45280 Seeley Drive, La Quinta.

For reservations, call (760) 834-3798.