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Beauty Salons New Battlegrounds in Fight against Breast Cancer

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Beauty salons are joining in the fight against breast cancer.
Sixteen west suburban and West Side salons are hosting an innovative "Mammograms for Mother's Day" initiative sponsored by state Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood).

Nurses from Loyola University Medical Center and Loretto Hospital, along with Lightford’s 4th District Gentlemen's Committee, will visit beauty salons from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, the day before Mother's Day.

A dozen or more men from the 4th District Gentlemen's Committee and numerous nurse educators will talk about the importance of breast exams and mammograms and distribute educational materials and small gifts, such as key chains and back massagers.

"Beauty salons are great places to get the word out about breast cancer prevention and the critical need for early detection," Lightford said.

A study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved found that hair salons "are a potentially important venue for promotion of health behaviors related to breast cancer detection."

"By spreading messages that can save lives, men are showing their love and concern for the women of our community," Lightford said.

Conversely, on the day before Father's Day, women from the 4th District will visit barbershops to educate men about prostate cancer screenings and prevention. They will be accompanied by Loretto and Loyola nurses.

Two teams will fan out and visit beauty salons in Austin, Bellwood, Berwyn, Broadview, Forest Park, Oak Park, Westchester and other communities in Lightford's 4th District.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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