October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NCâ€™s Governor Easley has proclaimed Oct 3-9, 2004 as Pink Ribbon Week in the state.
All North Carolinians are urged to wear pink ribbons in recognition of breast cancer awareness and in honor of N.C. women who are now fighting the battle with breast cancer.
The Lincoln County Health Department, the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Foundation are sponsoring an awareness campaign during the month of October.
Owners and operators of many hair salons will be hosting baskets of Pink Ribbons and other breast cancer awareness items in their shops.
Women who frequent their hairdresser during the month of October are urged to take Pink Ribbon items as a reminder to themselves to perform a monthly breast examination as well as encourage a yearly clinical examination and mammogram.
The pink ribbon has become a symbol of hope for a cure of breast cancer and a reminder that breast cancer does not have to be fatal.
More than 90 percent of women whose cancer is found in its earliest stages survive breast cancer and lead full and productive lives.
Unfortunately, too many women are not getting regular checkups that are needed for early detection.
The Lincoln County Health Department is an administrator for the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP).
Women who do not have insurance and meet financial qualifications may schedule appointments for a screening examination and mammogram (if indicated) by calling 704-735-3001.
Donna Norwood, RN, program coordinator reports that over 200 women were served by the BCCC program last year.
â€œThis program is successful because of the efforts of our entire staff,â€ said Norwood. â€œIt takes everybody working together to identify, educate and schedule the needed procedures to keep the women in Lincoln County as healthy as possible.â€