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Girl Scouts walk for breast cancer awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins Saturday and the Copiah-Lincoln Girl Scout Service Unit will be walking to raise awareness about breast cancer and to encourage early detection.

Registration for the walk begins at 7 a.m. at First Baptist Church on 200 E. Monticello St. At 7:30 a.m., participants will walk along Monticello Street to the St. James Missionary Baptist Church.

“The goal is to let the girls and others become aware of the different things about breast cancer and where they can go to get help if they feel they’re having problems,” Girl Scout manager Sabrina Brown said.

With over 100 Girl Scouts in the service unit, Brown said she’s looking forward to a good turnout Saturday.

“Every year, we get more and more people to come out,” she said. “We also get different speakers every year. Different survivors come out and talk to the girls.”

Registration is $5, and Brown said there will also be a talk from cancer survivor Christina Terrell who will speak about her experiences. Some of the money raised will be donated to breast cancer survivor and awareness programs, Brown said.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s second only to skin cancer among the most common cancers in women, and second only to lung cancer among cancers that cause death in women.

ACS recommends women at an average risk of breast cancer should get a mammogram every year between the ages of 45 and 54, and every two years at age 55 and older. Women with a high risk of breast cancer should get an MRI and mammogram every year starting at age 30.