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Girl Scouts encouraging mammograms

Two Girl Scouts in North Carolina are working toward earning their Silver Award by taking up the platform of breast cancer and encouraging women to have a mammogram, The Charlotte Observer reports.

Junior Girl Scouts Grace Guarino and Hannah Pollock are helping to spread the word about the mobile mammography unit sponsored by Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast. Both girls have been touched by cancer in some form.

"My aunt had breast cancer," Grace told the news source. "She is a three-year survivor. I thought it would be nice to help others that might have also have cancer."

The girls have created posters to hang at local schools and plan on handing out registration cards to women to help schedule an appointment with the mobile unit.

Daisha Dobbins, troop leader and mother of Hannah, said she is proud of what the girls are doing and is glad they are bringing to light an important part of women's health.

"As a mother, I want my daughter to understand the importance of taking care of herself and her body. Especially when you become a mother, you tend to put everyone ahead of yourself and your needs," she told the news provider.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 207,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year.
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