A program on how to talk about cancer and another on how what we eat can affect our genes are planned at branches of the Fairfield Public Library as part of its Health Series.

Writer and educator David L. Meth will give the lecture "Cancer: More Than a Word" on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the main library, 1080 Old Post Road. His talk is about how to bring people together to talk and write about cancer, the library said.

Meth's father died from cancer 30 years ago, and it tore his family apart because family members did not know how to express themselves or deal with the disease, the library said. Meth kept a journal detailing when discussion was inadequate and when it provoked emotions that prevented constructive conversation.

Meth was diagnosed in 2011 with the early stages of prostate cancer, so he approaches the topic with dual points of view, the library said in a news release.

Advanced registration for his lecture is required because space is limited.

"Epigenetics: How Our Environment Shapes Our Genes," is the topic of a program on Wednesday, May 15. The lecture is planned at 10 a.m. at the main branch, 1080 Old Post Road, and at 7 p.m. at the Woods Branch, 1147 Fairfield Woods Road.

Karen Drena, a holistic health practitioner, will discuss how genes are cloaked with organic molecules that can alter the behavior of the genes they are connected to -- causing genes to be more or less active, the library said in a news release.

Often these epigenetic changes occur in response to what we eat and our physical and emotional environments, the library said.

Space is limited for both of Drena's lectures, and advance registration is required.

To register for a program or for more information, call 203-256-3160, or visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org.