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Free breast health events in Eugene, Salem for women with disabilities

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health at Oregon Health & Science University is co-sponsoring two free events as part of a health communication campaign called Right to Know. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness of the importance of regular mammograms among women living with disabilities aged 40 and older.

“Research shows that women with disabilities tend to have breast cancer diagnosed at a later stage,” said Clara Suarez, M.S.W., health educator in the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU. “That’s why this outreach is so important.”

The first event, a Breast Health Basics Bingo and Dinner, will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Celeste Campbell Senior Center in Eugene, Ore. It will feature:

  • A presentation on the importance of breast health screening
  • The latest information on breast cancer prevention
  • Instruction on how to conduct an effective self-breast exam
  • Gifts and entertainment

* Space is limited and registration is recommended. To reserve a spot, contact Roxie Mayfield at or 541 688-8388 by Friday, Oct. 14.

The second event, a Community Lecture on Breast Health Basics for Latino Women, will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the YWCA in Salem, Ore. It includes: 

  • Information on breast health basics 
  • Food and prizes

* Registration is required. To register, call Marcela Miles at 503 581-9922, Ext. 302.

Co-sponsors for these events include Lane Independent Living Alliance, Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition and the YWCA-Women’s Health Program and Resource Center.

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