Volunteers sought for Friend to Friend program

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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It’s a fact; getting important screening tests can save your life. We know that mammograms can cut breast cancer deaths as much as one-third. And, most cervical cancer can be prevented by finding abnormal cell changes early with a Pap test.

With this information in mind, Texas AgriLife Extension Wise County is taking on a new project with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Within the next year the Friend to Friend: Staying Well Together program will be offered in Wise County. The program’s purpose is to encourage women to get regular mammograms and Pap tests for the early detection of breast and cervical cancer, when the disease is most curable. Information will also be presented on low-cost and free mammogram and Pap screening programs in the county.

To begin the process, I am seeking out persons that are passionate about spreading the word to Wise County women about the importance of scheduling these important health screenings. If you would like to be a part of the planning group, please contact me at the Wise County Extension office, (940) 627-3341.

Planning the Friend to Friend program consists of a 2 1/2 hour “party” that will have small group discussions, a health professional presentation, along with exhibits and food. Planning meetings will begin in February.

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