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Police department takes part in campaign

This October, the Farmville Police Department is participating in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In an effort to help spread awareness, the Farmville Police Department will be displaying pink ribbons on the bumpers of all patrol vehicles. In addition, all Farmville Police Officers will be wearing pink badges throughout October.

According to a release from the police department, to promote awareness daily, a pink ribbon has been permanently affixed to the hood of one of the departments patrol vehicles.

“I am excited to have our department participate in such a worthwhile campaign,” said Chief, A.Q. “Andy” Ellington. “Recently, I personally have been touched with the loss of a loved one due to cancer, and if there is anything my department can do to make a difference, we are all in.”

Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.

If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every two years. You may also choose to get them more often.