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Purdue Partners with Barbershops for Prostate Cancer Awareness

12/6/2011

Affecting Cancer Together Program Manager Teasa Thompson (WIBC.com photo: Reed Parker)
Affecting Cancer Together Program Manager Teasa Thompson (WIBC.com photo: Reed Parker)

Purdue University is partnering with barbershops to promote the Affecting Cancer Together (ACT) program to educate communities on prostate cancer awareness and prevention.

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The program connects people to free screening services and for those diagnosed with the disease, financial services will also be made available if needed.

ACT program manager Teasa Thompson says "barbers are a trusted information source within the community and have the ability to reach many individuals."

Kenny's Academy of Barbering owner Greg Kenny says he implemented the program into his schools' curriculum after a 39-year old friend died of prostate cancer.

Kenny says his students will speak with customers about awareness and prevention. He says barbers can use their customer relationships to effectively encourage them to be screened or to talk to a health-care professional.

The program will be implemented in over 70 barbershops and they look to have all Indianapolis area-barbershops involved in the program.

Purdue plans to later expand the program to cover breast cancer awareness and prevention in beauty shops.

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