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NMSU to host Health Promotion Through Cancer Awareness events

New Mexico State University's Department of Nursing and the Sisters by Chance Breast Cancer Support Group will present Health Promotion Through Cancer Awareness events Oct. 7 and 8 on the NMSU campus.

sium titled "Breast and Cervical Health in Women" is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in Hardman Hall Room 106. It will include two seminars, "Hormonal Issues and Breast Health in Women" by Rena Vassilopoulou-Sellin and "Cervical Health in College-Age Women" by Gloria Coronado. Vassilopoulou-Sellin is a professor of medicine and an endocrinologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Coronado works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Cancer-Fest and Breastival-NMSU will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, on the International Mall between Hardman Hall and the Health and Social Services Building on the NMSU campus. Las Cruces Mayor William Mattiace will attend the Cancer-Fest opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and has requested the City Council declare Oct 8. Cancer Awareness Day.

Cancer-Fest will celebrate and share local contributions to advances in cancer research, prevention, detection and treatment. The event addresses health care disparities in a casual outdoor forum. There will be a student poster competition on types of cancer, booths by local and national organizations, free clinical breast exams, testicular exams and skin screenings.

At Breastival-NMSU, participants will receive a passport and can get stamps on their passports by answering a question about breast cancer or breast health at each booth. When participants have received all stamps, they can enter a raffle to win donated prizes. The first 125 students who enter the raffle will receive a box lunch. Breastival originated at Johns Hopkins University to promote breast health in college-age women and men in a festival-like atmosphere.

All three events at NMSU are free and open to the public. For more information contact Pamela N. Schultz, NMSU associate nursing professor, at (505) 646-2208 or pschultz@nmsu.edu.