It is estimated that more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease.
And while most women don't get their first mammograms until their 30's or 40's girls in their teens are now learning how important self-breast exams are, long before that mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives, early detection saves lives, it's meant to be more than a motto, but, a way of life for these Grady County teens
A recent study suggests the breast cancer mortality rate for Grady County women exceeds state and national figures. But, a $10,000 educational and screening grant hopes to change that. With a focus on young women, the grassroots program is designed to increase awareness, leading to a reduction in deaths.
The girls were given a necklace, and each bead represented the size of possible tumors.
It's a life-saving message for the girls, to be spread to their mothers, sisters, and friends, all in the hopes of saving lives. The grant also provides for free women's health tests in Grady County. The program's goal is to have two hundred new female patients screened for breast and cervical cancer at the health department by June of this year.