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Rockdale health fair to "Think Pink" for Breast Cancer Awarness

If You Go

What: The Second Annual Women's Health Fair hosted by Helping Hands Outreach Inc. Free breast examination and mammogram vouchers for low-income, uninsured residents.

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Helping Hands Outreach Clinic, located at 1733 Lake Rockaway Road, Conyers.

For more information: 770-860-9545.

CONYERS -- Janice Morrison wants Rockdale residents to "Think Pink."

Helping Hands Outreach Inc. will host the second annual women's health fair on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1733 Lake Rockaway Road.

"We're offering to the community AIDS awareness, and breast cancer awareness for women and men," said Morrison, Helping Hands president. "It's public awareness education. Our goal is to do 'Think Pink' 12 months, not just October."

As part of the fair, Helping Hands will offer free breast examinations and mammogram vouchers, as well as education for self-examinations.

The mammogram vouchers are for low-income, uninsured residents. Those seeking a voucher must provide a proof of residency.

"The goal is to provide (vouchers) for 100 women," Morrison said. "The first year was very successful. We had 86 women who got breast exams and 125 mammograms."

The vouchers can be used at Spivey Station Surgery Center in Jonesboro.

"Part of my program is we have a partnership with Spivey -- if the person is found with breast cancer, they are eligible for a free biopsy," Morrison said.

She said seven women, including her aunt, were diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

Women do not have to receive a breast exam to get a mammogram voucher and vice versa, according to Morrison.

During each breast exam, there will be guidance given on the proper way to perform a breast exam at home.

"Women are not aware of how to do self examination, and we will be teaching them as they do the exam," Morrison said. "We'll show them how to do the up, down, side-to-side. Women also have to pay attention to the skin. Those are also indicators of breast cancer."

Helping Hands holds free breast examinations year-round, and Morrison encourages people to be aware of breast health throughout the year.

"We should not take initiative just in October, but throughout the year," Morrison said. "Pink should be done all year. Every month this year, someone will be diagnosed with breast cancer. We should 'Think Pink' all 12 months."