October is nearly here- Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but some local women aren’t wasting anytime spreading the word.
One of the most common cancers among women in the United States. Nurse Michele Hankinson emphasizes not only the importance of regular screening but fellowship as well.
"I think the word cancer itself is scary," said Hankinson. "I think it’s a great opportunity for these women, especially Kathy to share her story and let them know, hey I’m a breast cancer survivor and I made it through."
Organizer Sheila Benson asked local women to gather at the Great Apostolic Church of Christ to show support for all those who’ve battled the disease. The day provided medical information, an inspirational success story, and other helpful resources.
"So many women in our area have been diagnosed and are still being diagnosed," said Benson. "We heard last night of another lady that has been diagnosed with cancer, one of our members has been diagnosed with cancer. We just want to be an inspiration, we want to be a force and let even those know we are here, supportive of them, to stand behind them as well."
Women are advised to receive a mammogram and clinical breast exam each year after age 40.
If you can’t afford a Mammogram contact Genesis Cancer Services to see if you qualify for a free screening.