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Baltimore City Cancer Program Teams Up with Salon
to Combat Breast Cancer

Black History Month Campaign Includes Effort to Educate Women About Preventive Screening

Natural Images owner Kirigo Williams (left) is helping to educate her clients about breast cancer screening

The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center continues their campaign of "Preserving the Rich Heritage of all Women 365 Days a Year." In celebration of Black History Month, Natural Images Hair Salon will join BCCP in the fight to combat breast cancer.

The month-long campaign will consist of distributing breast and cervical health information and self breast exam shower cards to patrons at Natural Images. BCCP will also provide the salon with a speaker several times during the month of February for a brief symposium.

Salon owner and stylist Kirigo Williams has also donated her time, talent and services to several BCCP breast cancer survivors. Ms. Williams has been an advocate in the fight against breast cancer since a close friend was diagnosed at the age of 28. Ms. Williams says, "Helping the women feel good about themselves and enhancing their beauty makes me feel good too. You truly realize how precious life is when it hits close to home. Health is the core and we believe in healthy hair, healthy bodies and healthy lifestyles, after that we can achieve anything."

The Baltimore City Cancer Program (BCCP) offers FREE mammograms, clinical breast exams and pap tests to uninsured women who are Baltimore City residents, 40 years of age and older.

Dr. Stacy Garrett-Ray, Medical Director for the Baltimore City Cancer Program with the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer says, "We are proud to sponsor this initiative to celebrate Black heritage and educate our community about the importance of breast health and early detection for breast and cervical cancer. Having the opportunity to collaborate with natural hair salons to educate women in the city about breast health and breast and cervical cancer is truly an honor. The Baltimore City Cancer Program's overall goal is to reduce the burden of breast and cervical cancer in Baltimore City. In partnership with the State of Maryland through the Cigarette Restitution Fund Program, we have been able to educate and screened over 10,000 Baltimore City residents since 2001 and have diagnosed and treated a total of 63 residents with cancer, of which 57 were breast cancer."

Rhonda Boozer, Community Health Educator for BCCP states, "It's important to educate all women about doing their breast self-exams, even if they are under 40 and typically too young for a mammogram. Our mission is to eliminate cancer deaths through education, early detection, diagnosis and treatment."

"This is a good opportunity to reach women of all ages and celebrate Black History Month. We are honored that Natural Images was interested in doing something special for our ladies and continue to get the word out about breast cancer," says Levesta Jackson-Crute, Public Relations/Community Outreach Representative for BCCP.

For more information about the free mammograms, clinical breast exams and pap tests, you can call the Baltimore City Cancer Program, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at 410-328-HOPE (4673).

This page was last updated on: May 27, 2009.