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'Tell a Friend Tuesdays' raise cancer awareness

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Oct. 18, 2005)--In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UTSA Student Health Services will sponsor information tables on several Tuesdays to provide information about breast and testicular cancer. Information will include brochures, self-exam shower cards, breast and testicular models, awareness pins and more.

"Tell a Friend Tuesday" is a nationwide initiative to remind women about the importance of mammograms in detecting breast cancer. UTSA will participate in the event at these times:

  • At the 1604 Campus, information will be distributed 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the University Center and 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Sombrilla Plaza.
  • At the Downtown Campus, information will be available 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Frio Street Building commons.

This month, Student Health Services will design ribbons with the words "In Memory of..." and "In Celebration of..." to honor those who have battled breast cancer. The ribbons will be posted on the 1604 Campus bookstore windows during October. To dedicate a ribbon, stop by the outreach tables or contact Health Education at (210) 458-4142.

Additionally, health educators are available to give presentations on breast cancer. For more information, call (210) 458-4142 or complete a presentation request form. Download a request form at http://utsa.edu/health/presdescription.cfm.

For more information, contact Kathleen Ceresoli or Cassity Calhoun at (210) 458-4142.

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Why is it important to raise breast cancer awareness?

  • More than 200,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.
  • Approximately 40,000 women will die from the disease this year.
  • Right now, more than 2 million women are living with breast cancer in the United States.
  • As screening programs have become more common, more cases of breast cancer are being detected in the earlier stages of disease, when they are more easily and successfully treated.
  • An annual mammogram and clinical breast exam is the best defense against breast cancer.
  • When caught early, breast cancer is 97-percent survivable.

Resources

www.cancer.org
www.breastcancer.org
www.komen.org
www.nationalbreastcancer.org

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