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County Health Departments in North Georgia Hold Breast Cancer Awareness Events

North GA – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and public health officials in the North Georgia Health District are reminding women that routine screening helps detect cancer at an early stage when it is most curable.

Nearly 10 million cancer screenings were missed in the U.S. during the pandemic, according to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, causing many deaths that could have been prevented.

Early detection can improve the chances of breast cancer survival, and now, especially for women ages 40 to 64 who may have delayed screenings, It’s Time!

Public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties are highlighting the importance of breast cancer awareness and detection this month, as follows: 

Cherokee2Cherokee County Health Department’s Canton Health Center will have a Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Wednesday, October 19th, from 8 to 11: 30 am and from 1 to 3:30 pm. Free Clinical Breast Exams by a Women’s Health Nurse will be provided to women ages 40 to 64 or to any woman who detects a change in her breast as described in the *symptoms below. An Appointment is required for an exam – please call (770) 345-7371. No insurance or payment is required. The Canton Health Center is located at 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115.

Cherokee County Health Department's Woodstock Health Center will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness over three days: Tuesday, October 25th from 7:30 am to 5 pm, and on Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Free Breast Checks and Referrals will be offered to women ages 40 to 64 or to any woman who detects a change in her breast as described in the *symptoms below. An Appointment is required for an exam – please call (770) 928-0133. Education and literature about the need for early detection of breast cancer through self-examinations and healthcare screenings will be provided, and staff will teach the signs and symptoms to look for to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Eligible women will be enrolled in the BCCP program, and there will be FREE Goodie Bags and a Raffle for Prizes donated by community partners. The address is 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188.

(Pictured are Cherokee County Health Department staff wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. From left to right are Natalia Plasencia, Kelene Campbell, Kathy Gresham, Monica Wright, Pam Baker, Amy Patterson, Elizabeth Land, Marcela Sierra, Lena Baker, Leslie Abreu, Sharnel Walker, Latoya Williams, Rae Wilson, and Christopher Bates)

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Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate & Support

North GA – Grab your super cape and costume and come on out for the Express Your SuperPower 5K/10K! The Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition and Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition will present the 8th Annual 5K/10K on Saturday, October 1, 2022, at the Etowah River Park in Canton.

Proceeds for this event will go to both coalitions in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 with the theme, "Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support".

An awesome flat and fast course is completely inside Etowah River Park so that even the youngest or newest superhero runner can race safely at this event!

Race day on October 1st begins with Check In at 7 am. The Tot Trot starts at 8 am, the Fun Run begins at 8:05 am, and then the 5K/10K will start at 8:30 am. There will be impressive awards for the Overall Male/Female winners, the Master’s Overall Male/Female winners, and the top three winners in all the regular age groups. Both runners and walkers are welcome.

Funds that are raised will help coordinate the global World  Breastfeeding Week campaign that aims to inform, anchor, engage, and galvanize action on breastfeeding and related issues. In the end, breastfeeding families are given the resources and support they need to make informed decisions on promoting the health of their children.

Be a breastfeeding superhero! Register and learn all race day details and pricing for the Express Your SuperPower 5K/10K at

Etowah River Park is at 610 Brown Industrial Pkwy, Canton, GA 30114.

NOTE: COVID-19 health and safety measures will be in place for participants and visitors, including the observance of recommended mask and social distancing protocols. Learn more at


WIC Services CLOSED wo Sept 19 social media Our apologies that WIC Services are closed this week at our district office & health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens & Whitfield counties due to staff training. However, services will reopen on Monday, September 26. Please call for an appointment at (706) 370-4700.