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Libraries have new book, video to lend about breast cancer

Aspen Times Staff Report

Local libraries have been provided with new materials on breast cancer, courtesy of the Aspen chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The Aspen Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease, has provided all branches of the Garfield and Pitkin Co. libraries with copies of the book, “The Race Is Run, One Step at a Time,” by Nancy Brinker; as well as copies of the award-winning videotape, “Breast Self-Examination,” produced by the Plano, Texas, Chapter of the Foundation.

In her book, Brinker details her sister’s diagnosis of breast cancer at the age of 33 and her three-year battle to fight the disease. She describes how, subsequent to her sister’s death at the age of 36, she established the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to honor the memory of her sister. Brinker explains how she led helped the foundation – established in 1982 with $200, a borrowed typewriter and a list of names – to become the nation’s largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer.

She also speaks of discovering her own breast cancer by breast self-examination in 1984, and how she sought aggressive treatment to survive the disease. Her book is a personal, easy-to-read source of breast cancer information.

The short, but thorough, videotape, “Breast Self-Examination,” is designed to enable women to master this important, life-saving technique.

Copies of the book and videotape are available to be checked out at the Parachute, Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen libraries.

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