With this information in mind, Texas AgriLife Extension-Bee County is taking on a new project with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Within the next year, the Friend to Friend: Staying Well Together program will be offered in Bee County.
The program’s purpose is to encourage women to get regular screening mammograms for early detection of breast cancer and Pap tests for early detection of cervical cancer. With early detection, a cancer is easier to treat and is in a more curable stage. Information will also be provided on financial services available locally to help cover the cost of the two screenings for those with a need.
To begin the process of planning the event, Kelsey Hill, South Region specialist, is seeking persons who are passionate about educating the women of Bee County on the importance of scheduling these life saving health screenings. If you would like to be a part of the planning group, contact Kelsey Hill by calling 361-265-9203.
You will be asked to help plan a 1½- to 2 hour-event that will have small group discussions, a presentation by a health professional, exhibits and an opportunity for participants to access mammogram and Pap test services. The planning group also will explore ways of creating a party atmosphere with food and decorations.
Planning meetings will begin on March 8, from 12-1 p.m., at 210 E. Corpus Christ St. There will be more meetings as well if you are interested but cannot make it.