Breast Health Extravaganza to offer breast health education

Published 10:24 am Friday, July 31, 2015

Ohio University Southern will host a Breast Health Extravaganza from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 25 in the Mains Rotunda. The event will offer information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and dinner and door prizes will be provided.

The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Program is sponsoring the event.

“We are trying to offer women information about breast cancer screening,” said Carrie Johnson, nurse coordinator for the program. “We really feel it’s important that women are educated on the facts of breast cancer.”

A nurse practitioner will speak to attendees about breast cancer screening and attendees will have the opportunity to tour a mobile mammography unit.

“In Lawrence County, 34 percent of breast cancer diagnoses are late stage,” said Johnson.

The extravaganza aims to educate local women about the need to get breast cancer screenings.

“We’re just trying to get the word out,” said Johnson.

Elizabeth Yazdani, author of the book “Children are Cheaper by the Dozen, Can I get a Discount on Six,” will speak about the need for women to balance caring for their families with caring for their own health.

Both breast cancer survivors and women interested in learning more about breast health are invited to attend the event.

“It’s going to be a fun night out for women,” said Johnson.

For more information call 1-800-844-2654.