Spectrum Health is reminding women about the importance of screening for breast cancer.

Wednesday evening, Oct. 19, they hosted their Candid Conversations event at Grand Rapids Christian High School's Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Arts and Worship.

The event which celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, featured a panel discussion with breast cancer experts and survivors. The keynote speaker was Diahann Carroll, a Tony Award winner and the first African-American actress to star in her own television series.

Carroll talked about her experience and the improvements in medical science saying, "I came along at a time where it was more difficult to be a cancer patient and that's good to talk about. It's good to remind us where we come from and what we now have at our fingertips, so the words early detection might slip from our lives, but we mustn't.

"We have to be reminded to do -- women need to be reminded to take care of themselves, it's something we don't do well."

This is the fourth year of the free event attracting 1,200 people. The McKay Tower in downtown Grand Rapids will be lit up in pink ribbons all week to honor breast cancer awareness.