Breast, cervical screenings can save lives of rural women

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Mammograms and Pap Tests can cut cancer deaths as much as one-third. That is why the American Cancer Society recommends women aged 40 and older be screened once a year.

However, low-income rural women are at greater risk for dying from breast cancer since fewer of them get their tests. There are a variety of reasons why low income, rural women may not be getting screened. Among them is the fact that they may not have easy access to screening facilities. Another reason is the cost keeps them away. Others may just want to avoid the chance they may find out that they have cancer.

Unfortunately, as women get older, their chance of developing cancer increases. With increasing age, it becomes even more important to be screened regularly. That is why Texas AgriLife Extension Service Clay County and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas are working together to inform Clay women about breast and cervical cancer prevention.

You are invited to grab a friend and attend The Friend to Friend: Staying Well Together program which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7,at the Holman Center, 211 N. Clay St., in Henrietta. If you have questions please contact Sherri Halsell Clay County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences at (940) 538-5042.

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