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Luncheon hopes to spark breast cancer awareness

An upcoming Friend to Friend luncheon in Cherokee County, Texas, will discuss breast cancer awareness as the region is ranked among the top 60 counties in Texas with the highest rates of breast cancer, according to a 2010 reports from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institution.

"The purpose of the event is to educate women on breast and cervical cancer ... to get rid of the educational barriers preventing women from getting screened," Wendi Green told the Jacksonville Daily Progress.

Educational brochures and a sign-up sheet for free screenings for those who qualify will be available as means to encourage more women to get tested.

"Women have the tendency to put themselves last," Marsha Morgan with the Cherokee County health department told the news source. "But if they meet the criteria, they should avail themselves of the free services. But a lot of women may not know they can."

One of the biggest problems Green says is that women over 65 seem to stop getting breast exams.

“Sixty percent of women over 65 stop getting breast exams because they think it won't happen to them," she told the news source.

Morgan added, "The older you get, the more likely you are to come down with cancer."

As 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, education is key to beating the disease, according to BreatCancer.org.
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