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Varnett promotes cancer awareness

It's my passion It was seven years ago that I lost my in-laws to cancer. It was then, that I decided to become a advocate for cancer awareness. I'm proud to be a team player with the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The month of October is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection. We at The Varnett Public School take pride in showing our support and participation by wearing pink. We believe that one day cancer will no longer exist.

F.Y.I: Black women in the United States are less likely to get breast cancer than are white women, but they're also more likely to die from it - a fact that researchers increasingly believe has at least as much to do with biology as with access to health care and screening tools like mammography.

Ninety percent of white women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will live at least five years, but only 76 percent of black women with breast cancer will live five years, according to the American Cancer Society. Five years is considered a pivotal marker for long-term cancer survival. Cancer doesn't recognize color, race, gender or ethnicity. Please, remember to see your doctor to schedule your mammogram.

Early detection is the key.

--Nurse Karen Allen

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