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Breast health

BLOOMINGTON — Breast health will be the topic of a Lunch and Learn program from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Oct. 14 at the McLean County Health Department, 200 W. Front St.

Risk factors associated with breast cancer and ways to reduce risk, early detection methods and signs and symptoms of breast cancer will be discussed. Register for the free program by calling 309-888-5954.

Cancer service

BLOOMINGTON — During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the McLean County Health Department is calling attention to programs for breast cancer patients who live in McLean County.

Free transportation to and from breast health appointments — including mammograms — is available to county residents who need assistance. Call Katie McHugh at 309-888-5954 to schedule transportation, which is provided in partnership with YWCA McLean County's Medivan with funding from the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Through Worship in Pink, the health department reaches out to members of churches in rural and minority communities, where there often are lower rates of mammography. Health department employees are available to present information about breast health and to celebrate lives of breast cancer survivors. Anyone interested in bringing a Worship in Pink program to their place of worship — or representatives of any group interested in a non-faith-based version of this program — may call McHugh.

Taking STEPS

BLOOMINGTON — The eighth annual Taking STEPS (Screening, Treatment & Education Program) Together Saves Lives event will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Veterans Parkway and Brickyard Drive.

The day is designed to educate African-American women about breast health and will include mammograms and breakout sessions on topics such as how to promote balance in your spiritual, physical and mental health.

Visit www.centralillinoislinksinc.org to register for mammograms, which will happen Oct. 17-28 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

Breakfast, lunch and child care will be provided. The event is free and sponsored by Central Illinois Chapter, The Links, Inc., in partnership with the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Mammograms

LINCOLN — Mammograms are being offered 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 200 Stahlhut Drive.

The Mammogram Mondays program is intended for women age 40 and older who are uninsured or under-insured. To schedule a free mammogram, call 217-605-5292.

The program is sponsored by the Regional Cancer Partnership of Illinois with funding provided by the Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.

Komen events

BLOOMINGTON — The Memorial Affiliate of Susan G. Komen is sponsoring two public events in Bloomington-Normal during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

On Oct. 21, National Mammography Day, information about mammography will be available at all three Kroger stores in Bloomington-Normal.

At 7:05 p.m. Oct. 28, Pink the Rink, in conjunction with the Bloomington Thunder, will happen at U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St..

Tickets to the hockey game cost $15; $5 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Memorial Affiliate. A breast cancer survivor will drop the first puck and proceeds from the Chuck a Puck game will be donated to the affiliate.

Tickets may be ordered at 309-434-2948 or at aaron@bloomingtonthunder.com.

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