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Nursing Students Raise Breast Cancer Awareness Among Female Inmates

A group of Duquesne University School of Nursing students will visit the Allegheny County Jail to raise breast cancer awareness among its female population.

In cooperation with the jail and the American Cancer Society, 45 sophomore nursing majors will meet with 289 female inmates. Utilizing artificial breast models, the students will teach the women how to do self-breast exams and will educate them on how to access breast care such as the mammogram voucher program.

The inmates will be asked to sign a large banner, provided by the students, featuring pink breast cancer awareness ribbons. The banner will then be displayed at the Duquesne School of Nursing.

In addition, the women will be asked to write letters to legislators to pass bills supporting funding for uninsured/under-insured women. The Duquesne students will then send the letters to legislators with the help of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Awareness Network.

Where: The Allegheny County Jail, 950 Second Ave., Pittsburgh

When: Friday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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