Rural Health Initiative receives grant to help battle breast cancer

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southeast Rural Health Initiative of Palmers Crossing has received a grant of about $60,000 to help battle breast cancer in women.

The grant comes from the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade which was established in 1992. The crusade has raised around $700,000,000 in more than 50 countries.

The breast help program educates Hattiesburg area women about the importance of getting their screenings and provides low cost or free mammogram's and clinical breast exams in their own communities.

"If we can help women come in and get their screenings, get detected early, to find out if there is anything wrong," said Janice Robinson, Director of Marketing.  We want people to worry about taking care of themselves, and not worry about the financial side of it."

More than 2000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the state of Mississippi this year and more 400 will die from the disease.

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