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October 27, 2011

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Derry Imaging breast cancer event a success

DERRY — On Oct. 15, Derry Imaging Center hosted its second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day. More than 200 people came to raise awareness for breast cancer.

"There are over two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States," said Heidi Clark, diagnostic imaging director at Derry Imaging. "We want to remind women everywhere to be a survivor and get a yearly mammogram."

Those in attendance were able to take advantage of walk-in mammogram appointments, live music, free food, raffles to win Bruins tickets and designer sunglasses, participate in Zumba with Gorica Santos, and get pink hair extensions from Revive Salon. There was face painting and games for the children.

Also making a visit was Ellen, a pink fire truck, a part of PinkHeals.org, an organization whose members consider themselves "Guardians of the Ribbon." Guardians of the Ribbon is a group of firefighters, police officers and leaders in the community whose stated purpose is to raise awareness and money for the fight.

All donations benefited the Betty J. Bory Center Retreats, NH Breast Cancer Coalition and Young Survivors Coalition.

Breast cancer screenings available

CONCORD — The Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women who meet recommended screening guidelines, live in New Hampshire, are between 18 and 64, are uninsured or under-insured, and have a limited income.

Since beginning screening services in 1997, the Let No Woman Be Overlooked Program has enrolled more than 22,000 women.

"The earlier breast cancer is found, the easier the course of treatment and more likely women are to have a good outcome," DHHS director José© Montero said. "Women should talk with their health care provider to schedule regular mammograms as appropriate for their risk."

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