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Think Pink - A Time Out for Me is Oct. 30

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 and living longer for women ages 50 to 64.

On Saturday, October 30 beginning at 8 a.m. you may get your annual mammogram, a clinical breast exam and be scheduled for a pap test. Think Pink -- A Time Out for Me will also provide food tasting, stress relieving techniques and "me time" for the participants.

Come and learn lifestyle changes for better health and how to prepare healthier 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.

By getting annual medical examinations, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight, women can lead healthier lives and live longer.

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 ages 40 years and older could prevent approximately 16% of all 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 1 to 3 years before a woman can feel a lump. Women ages 40 years and older should have a screening mammogram every 1 to 2 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."

Web posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

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