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Breast cancer in spotlight all month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Rainy River District Breast Health Network would like to announce some activities that will be taking place.

This Saturday (Oct. 8) from 10 a.m.-noon, volunteers will be at various locations around Fort Frances handing out information about upcoming activities.

They’ll also be reminding women of all ages to make an appointment at the Riverside Breast Health Program for a thorough breast examination by a trained professional.

Then Friday, Oct. 14 is the Ontario Breast Screening Challenge.

All women age 50 and over, who have never had an appointment with the Ontario Breast Screening Program, are encouraged to get screened that day.

By appointment only (call 1-800-461-7031 to book yours).

On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m., the Memorial Sports Centre is hosting a Zumba Pink Party with Margitta McLeod.

The first 60 people to register are invited to come to a courtesy Zumba class in the second floor auditorium. Participants are asked to make a minimum $5 donation, which will be given to the local Breast Health Network.

Everyone is encouraged to wear pink and have some fun at this new and exciting exercise/dance party!

Call McLeod at 270-2719 to register.

On Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., the Breast Health Network once again is partnering with the Fort Frances Muskie girls’ hockey team during its home tournament to promote the importance of total breast health at all ages.

Come out and watch the Muskie girls get their pink on to support the fight against breast cancer!

Finally, the always-popular “Luncheon of Hope” will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11:30 a.m. at La Place Rendez-Vous, featuring guest speaker Diane Davies, an author and breast cancer survivor who chronicled her journey with the disease in a book entitled, “From There to Here.”

Tickets cost $25 each, which are available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave, the Emo Health Centre, the Rainy River Health Centre, and La Verendrye Hospital, or by calling 274-4817.

“Think Pink” this October and support the activities listed above. Most importantly, follow the three steps to total breast health:

1. Be breast aware by knowing what your breasts normally look and feel like so you will notice any changes;

2. Have a thorough breast examination by a trained professional annually; and

3. Have mammograms, as required.

Remember, the best protection is early detection. If breast cancer is found at an early stage, there’s usually a better chance of successful treatment.

Finding cancer early may allow for more treatment options, such as less aggressive treatment or breast conserving surgery.

If you would like more information on any of the activities taking place this October, or would like to get involved, contact Shawn at 274-4817 or Teresa at 274-7299.

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