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SC's Executive Secretary Management Team (ESMT) hosts talk on Breast Self-Examination
Published: July 03, 2002
Posted: July 16, 2002

On June 25, 2002, Ms. Cindy Abarro, a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, addressed SC personnel on breast self-examination. The talk was arranged and coordinated by the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) staff. Ms. Abarro gave a very worthwhile and informative talk on the pre- and post-test Breast Health Awareness Program and provided a breast prosthesis that enabled each attendee to learn what a breast tumor or cyst would "feel" like during a self-examination. Attendees also provided input to Ms. Abarro to forward to an advocacy group of the American Cancer Society. Suggestions included: 1) the need for better accountability on the reading of mammograms and 2) every doctor's office in the Nation that deals with adult health issues should have breast prostheses available for individual patients to learn how to detect possible breast abnormalities. The fact that men also get breast cancer was a real eye-opener for most in attendance. A nurse from the Germantown Health Unit attended the presentation and was impressed with the information provided. A positive spin-off from this presentation is that the Germantown and Forrestal Health Units may offer similar DOE-wide talks in the near future.

Contact: Shirley Derflinger, SC-70, 3-0044
Topic Areas:

  • Cross-Cutting: Education

Division: SC-23 BER
      (formerly SC-70 OBER)


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