Breast Cancer Lunch and Learn happening in TC

The Lawrence County Extension Office has partnered with O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB to bring a Breast Cancer Lunch and Learn to Town Creek on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The luncheon is open to the public and will take place at the Town Creek Community Center from noon until 1 p.m. 

Attendees may arrive early to browse informational kiosks that will be set up for the event, Lawrence County Extension Coordinator Donna Shanklin said.

Representatives from the O’Neal Cancer Center will discuss breast cancer topics and answer questions from the audience.

“In Alabama, over 4,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, many diagnosed through a regular mammogram or a breast self-exam,” Shanklin said. “However, the statistics show that only a little over 72 percent of eligible women—women over 40 years old—have a mammogram.”

She said many women lack knowledge about screening eligibility, healthcare access, screening methods, or treatment options.

According to the Alabama Cancer Statistics Center website, the decline of deaths due to breast cancer since 1970 is attributed to improvements in treatment and early detection. 

These topics and more will be explored in next Thursday’s event, said Shanklin.

Door prizes, as well as gifts for breast cancer survivors, will be given away, and survivors in attendance will be recognized during the Lunch and Learn.

Those interested in attending should RSVP to the Lawrence County Extension Office at 256-974-2464. For questions or other information, call Shanklin at 256-200-2997, or email drs0009@auburn.edu.

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