Through a grant from the Women’s 5K Classic, the Weller Health Education Center will present the program, “Better Start Early,” to over 1,000 students in area high schools this spring.
“Better Start Early” reviews breast cancer symptoms and risk factors as well as female reproductive health and hygiene. The importance of early breast cancer detection is stressed. In this all-female environment, students will have an opportunity for open discussions about the issues many young women experience as their bodies change.
“Before the Women’s 5K Classic Committee funded this program, no comprehensive program for breast cancer awareness was available to young women in the Lehigh Valley,” said Melissa Lee, Weller Center president and CEO. “Because there is little or no way to access large groups of young women after they leave high school, it is vitally important that we reach them with this potentially life-saving information on breast health while they’re in high school.”
According to Sara Glassman, board member of the Women’s 5K Classic, “We have been pleased to award grants to the Weller Health Education Center’s “Better Start Early” program since 2004. By educating girls at the high school level about breast self-examinations and breast cancer symptoms, the Weller Center is providing valuable and needed health information. The positive responses that the Women’s 5K Classic has received from past participants in this program have confirmed its importance.”