Brown bag educational classes also scheduled

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the University of New Mexico's Comadre a Comadre program, along with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, is hosting a kick-off event on Monday, Oct. 4 outside the Student Union Building near Mesa Vista Hall from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to promote awareness, distribute literature and conduct signups for the 10th annual Komen Central New Mexico Race for the Cure.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is also sponsoring an educational breast cancer seminar on Monday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. for UNM Sororities. The seminar will feature a young survivor that will share her personal story and educate young women about the preventative measures they can take in their own lives to promote breast cancer education and early detection.

Additionally, Comadre a Comadre will host two brown bag educational classes about breast and cervical health on Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 6-7. The classes will be held at the new College of Education building Technology Education Center in rm. 130.

On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the class is designed for women age 40 and over, while the class on Thursday, Oct. 7 is designed for women 39 and younger. Attendees will learn three ways to detect breast cancer early, how to prevent cervical cancer and where to get a free pap smear and mammogram. Both classes will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. and will be taught in English.

The 10th annual Komen Central New Mexico Race for the Cure will be held Sunday, Oct. 10 at Isotopes Park. Individuals and or departments interested in signing up may contact Sarah DeLorenzo, Race Administrator, (505) 301-0247 and visit, Komen CNM Race for the Cure to register.

Every October since 1985 has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With an explosion of pink ribbons, the nation as well as the international community honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This global attempt is designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and to remind women about the value of early detection.

Housed in the College of Education, Comadre a Comadre is an educational program dedicated to serving Hispanic/Latina women and their loved ones through advocacy, education, information, resources, and support about breast health and breast cancer.

For more information call (505) 242-1222 or e-mail, to register for the classes.

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