The purpose of the Friend to Friend program is to increase the number of women 40 years old and over, who meet the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for Breast and Cervical cancer screening so these cancers are detected early, when they are the most curable. The Friend to Friend program is delivered during a 2 1/2 hour “party” or event with the following major components:
a health professional and/or a cancer survivor who delivers a clear message to get a mammogram and Pap test;
a small-group discussion about breast and cervical cancer, mammography and Pap tests, and any barriers to receiving care; and
sign – ups to local services and clinics for mammograms and Pap tests.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support delivery of the Friend to Friend Program in 40 rural and frontier Texas Counties.
The project personnel for the South Region consisting of Districts 9, 11, and 12, includes the Regional Cancer Prevention Program Specialist, who is funded to support county extension agents in the region and do whatever is needed to achieve maximum success for this project.
Rosa I. Guel , Extension Program Specialist