POMEROY — The Meigs County Cancer Initiative invites women of all ages to the Breast Torso exhibit on display between noon and 6 p.m. March 18.
The torso will be located in the parking lot of Powell’s Food Fair, 700 E. Main St. in Pomeroy, where visitors will be given a tour by a health care professional.
The 20-feet by 40-feet replica is used as a tool to teach women about breast cancer risks and prevention, as well as other types of breast maladies. As visitors walk through this simulation of actual breast tissue, they will be able to see both cancerous and non-cancerous breast conditions. The replica has examples of what a tumor and inflammatory breast disease looks like inside the body, as well as other issues women may encounter throughout their lifetime.
MCCI was founded in 1993 to teach residents of Meigs County about risks and prevention of all types of cancers . They have been active in the community since that time and have organized Friday’s event with allocations received from the Susan G. Koman Columbus funded Pink With Purpose grant.
According to MCCI chairperson Norma Torres, this is a serious educational tool, and while the subject of breast health may still be difficult for some to address, breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death for women in the United States.
“Our organization(MCCI) use grants and donations for our events,” she said. “We are a nonprofit, there is no taxpayer money involved in this exhibit. We are using some of the grant money from Koman Columbus Pink With Purpose to provide what we believe is a very important educational tool to our community.”
MCCI breast health specialist Heidi Rittenour and administrative assistant Carolyn Grueser secured the grant for 2015 and have been notified that another grant will be received in 2016. They will be on hand, along with other health care professionals, to provide information to visitors on the exhibit as well as breast health.
The Breast Torso is a one-time event in Meigs County in 2016, and MCCI encourages women to plan to participate in a guided tour of the exhibit and be entered into a drawing for chance to win one of two $50 Powell’s Food Fair gift certificates.
For more information, contact Carolyn Grueser at 740-992-5469.