Pamela Lincoln will be holding ‘Friend to Friend’ events in many counties
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OVERTON – Pamela Lincoln has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cancer prevention program specialist for East Texas.
Lincoln will be helping AgriLife agents facilitate “Friend to Friend,” an early cancer detection program specifically designed to encourage and help uninsured women in rural, frontier and border counties get regular Pap tests and mammograms, she said.
She will be based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, and will collaborate with AgriLife Extension county agents in the agency’s districts four and five, which include the northeast corner of the state, west to Dallas and south to Jasper and Newton counties.
Lincoln retired 10 months ago from AgriLife Extension after 31 years as a family and consumer sciences agent in Cass County.
“I’m passionate about this issue, and came out of retirement specially for this position,” Lincoln said. “I lost a sister to cervical cancer, and she might be alive today if the disease had been detected early.”
Her position is funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The institute was established in 2007 to “to expedite innovation in cancer research and product development, and to enhance access to evidence-based prevention programs throughout the state,” according to the institute’s website.
The Friend to Friend events, which are also called “Pink Events,” were implemented by AgriLife Extension agents in 41 counties throughout the state beginning in 2012, Lincoln said. Each Friend to Friend event included a presentation by a local physician, and provided a chance for attendees to make appointments with nearby clinics for mammograms and Pap tests if the physician deemed they were needed.
In each county, the Friend to Friend programming included discussion groups for networking and ways for women to overcome obstacles like cost and transportation, she said. In 2014, 2,280 women attended the events, and 1,094 of them completed request forms to get help in having the tests performed. The average age of the attendees was 55. Thanks to the project, the tests identified more than 400 uninsured women with precancerous conditions and more than 60 with cancer.
Lincoln received her bachelor’s degree in home economics education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and her master’s in home economics education from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Lincoln’s first Friend to Friend events will be held in Grayson County on Sept. 12, in Fannin County on Sept. 17 and Kaufman County on Sept. 26.
For more information on times and location of the events, contact the AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent in one of the participating counties:
— Grayson County, Joyce White, 903-813-4203, email@example.com .
— Fannin County, Bethany Aire, 903-583-7453, Bethany.Aire@ag.tamu.edu.
— Kaufman County, Katie Phillips, 972-932-9069, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternately, contact Lincoln at 903-834-6191 or email@example.com .