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Pink-Link Implements Breast Cancer Awareness Program for Teens and their Mothers

March 19, 2006
by Vicki Tashman

On January 20, 2006, Pink-Link implemented their newest program for High School aged teenagers and their mothers. “Take Control of your Health” is a breast cancer awareness event aimed at educating teen girls and their mothers about the various risk factors of breast cancer as well as overall health. The women and girls were also taught how to do a breast self-exam.
Vicki Tashman, Founder of Pink-Link, and mother of Marisa, aged 15 organized the event held at Marlborough School for Girls. Approximately 80 moms and daughters attended the luncheon where Pattie Jakel, an RN at UCLA, spoke about general health, making the right choices and then explained the breast self-exam. She brought 2 prosthetic breasts; each with “tumors” implanted inside, and explained what a real tumor would feel like. The participants were able to feel these breasts so they would be able to tell the difference between a possible malignant growth and regular fibroid tissue.
“As a survivor myself,” explained Cyndi W., a mom, “I don’t think it is ever too early to start educating our daughters. Thanks to this great presentation, our 15 year old girls know the importance of self examinations, when and how to do it, and what to feel for. As adults, we all know that early detection is critical in fighting breast cancer. This seminar created a new heightened awareness for our girls.”
Cyndi’s daughter, Jenn said, “I think that every teenager should have an early introduction to self exam and what to look for. This could save a lot of lives in the future.”
The moms and daughters were treated to Chinese Chicken Salad served in pink take-out containers. The tablecloths and napkins were pink and pink and white M&M’s along with pink Gerbera daisy’s decorated the center.
If you would like further information about the “Take Control of your Health” program, or would like to host one in a high school in your area, please contact Vicki Tashman at  

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