From East Texas Medical Center
EAST TEXAS (ETMC) - East Texas Pin-A-Sister will hold free blood pressure screenings on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon at select beauty salons and barbershops in Tyler to encourage the African-American community to be aware of their cardiac health.
"East Texas Pin-A-Sister was created in 2010 to increase the number of African-American women receiving mammograms, but this month we are turning our focus from pink for breast cancer to red for heart disease," said Regina Davis, director of the ETMC Breast Care Center and ETMC Cancer Institute.
Davis helped start the group in 2010 after studies showed breast cancer is the most common cancer among black women. Pinning ceremonies were held mainly in churches where women pledged to receive a mammogram. Now she hopes to turn that same success to heart disease.
"We know that beauty salons and barbershops are gathering places for many people, and we hope to also make it a place where they can receive information for their health," said Davis.
The free screenings will include giveaways and other health information. The event will held at the following locations: