The Art of Effective Breast Self-Exam

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Date Posted:  10/8/2002

In honor of Breast Awareness Month, the library is presenting a free program titled "The Art of Effective Breast Self-Exam" with cancer survivor and advocate, Lolly Champion.

The program will run on October 17 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Library Administration Conference Room at 507 NW Wall Street in Bend.

In the United States, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. Each week, we in Oregon lose 11 mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and grandmothers to the leading cancer killer in women. Although no prevention for breast cancer exists, the truth remains that breast cancer is most successfully treated when diagnosed early. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Deschutes Public Library will host breast cancer survivor and advocate, Lolly Champion who will present practical information on the art of effective breast self-exams on October 17th, 2002 from 6:00pm to 7:30 at the Library Admin Conference Room (old library).

“An annual mammogram and doctor's clinical breast exam are important parts of a three-step program,” states Champion. “Women need to be pro active in their early detection program by doing breast self-exams the other eleven months. Self-examinations allow women to be in charge of their breast health.” According to Champion, 9 out of 10 breast cancer survivors first detected initial lumps during self-exams.

Champion founded the Oregon/Southwest Washington affiliate of the Komen Foundation in 1991 and was instrumental in organizing the first Portland Komen Race for the Cure in 1992. She currently resides in Bend and represents the Komen Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, and The American Cancer Society in Central Oregon.

The program is free but class size is limited. Participants are asked to register by calling (541) 617-2659. Don’t miss this opportunity to protect yourself.
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