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Program focuses on healthful lifestyle

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an exclusive morning of time out has been planned for local women. Think Pink -- A Time Out for Me is a free program designed to provide steps to better health, looking better and healthful food preparation.

On Saturday at 8 a.m. you can get your mammogram, a clinical breast exam, be scheduled for a pap test, receive recipes and have fun and time for yourself at the McDuffie County Health Department, 307 Greenway St.

Come and learn lifestyle changes for better health, stress-relieving techniques and how to prepare better foods for you and your family. The program is a joint effort of the McDuffie County Health Department, UGA Cooperative Extension of McDuffie County and the American Cancer Society. To register for Think Pink -- A Time Out for Me, call the Extension Office at (706) 595-1815.

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helps low-income, uninsured, and underserved women gain access to lifesaving screening programs for early detection of breast and cervical cancers.

Studies show that early detection of breast and cervical cancers save lives. Timely mammography screening among women 40 years and older could prevent approximately 16 percent of deaths from breast cancer.

Pap tests can find cervical cancer at an early stage when it is most curable, or even prevent the disease if precancerous lesions found during the test are treated.

Mammography is the best available method to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage, an average of one to three years before a woman can feel a lump. Women ages 40 years and older should have a screening mammogram every one to two years.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The objective of having this national focus is to encourage women to protect themselves against breast cancer by getting regularly scheduled mammograms, practicing monthly breast self-examination, (BSE), and having annual clinical breast examinations -- what is known as the "triad of techniques."

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month stresses the importance of finding a cancer through mammography before it can be felt, particularly for under served populations, older women and women at high risk for breast cancer. Let's set our sights on reducing mortality through early detection.

Web posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009

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