The Community Health Education Program will be hosting a free videoconference called “What is cancer?” on Wednesday, January 25. The event will take place at Laurentian Regional High School, which is located at 448 Argenteuil Avenue, in Lachute.

The conference will be presented by former nurse Dail Jacob, and it will be moderated by Jo Ann Jones, of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Jacob has nearly four decades of experience in nursing, including 23 years spent working in oncology and palliative care. She holds certifications in both of these specializations, as well as in chemotherapy. During her career, Jacob worked for the Canadian Nurses’ Association to develop the certification exam in the specialty of oncology. She retired from nursing last year.

During this 45-minute presentation, which begins at 10 a.m., Jacob will discuss ways to prevent cancer. She will also speak in detail about the signs and symptoms, treatment, support and the resources that are available for those diagnosed with cancer.

Participants will be able to ask questions during the presentation.