from the Upper Merrimack Valley MRC were on hand during
a recent annual event that promotes breast cancer
awareness and early detection at a local high school.
Mary Bater and Sharlene Locker joined public health
professionals at Westford Academy on April 5 to distribute
literature and help teach BSE (Breast Self Exam) to
the senior girls.
Locker of the UMV MRC shares a model with one
of the girls attending a noontime session about
Pliskin, a surgeon based in nearby Lowell, explained
to the girls that one woman in eight or nine is expected
to be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in
her life. Breast cancer is the most common form of
cancer in women. To detect this disease early, when
it's the most treatable, BSE is recommended once a
month, 7 to 10 days after a woman's period. The procedure
can be done within ten minutes.
watched a short video that described cancer and methods
of detection, including BSE. Then Dr. Pliskin discussed
myths and facts of breast cancer, followed by opportunities
for questions and answers. To conclude the session,
Bater and Locker joined Dr. Pliskin and public health
nurses in sharing portable models containing lumps
for the girls to detect.
of the MRC have already signed on to assist at future
community service events. The next opportunity to
get involved is a health fair in Tyngsboro on April