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     FLORENCE---Stroke is the number three killer of women in South Carolina, and one of every eight women 45 years and older in the state has either had a heart attack or stroke.

     South Carolina is ninth in the U.S. for cervical cancer.  South Carolina women suffer depression at twice the rate of men and have twice the prevalence of anxiety disorders.  One in four adult women experience some form of violence (physical, sexual or psychological) in their intimate relationships.  The lifetime risk of South Carolina women developing breast cancer is one out of eight.  HIV/AIDS has greatly affected minority women and infection rates are 11 times higher than that of white women.

     These are just some of the topics that are likely to be covered at Francis Marion University Friday, Aug. 25, as Gov. Jim Hodges and the Governor’s Commission on Women host a regional forum on women’s health issues in the state. 

     Scheduled from12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in FMU’s McNair Auditorium, the town forum is titled “Healthy Women Today.”  Other sponsors of the forum are the Department of Health and Environmental Control and Francis Marion University.

     Free to the public, the forum is designed for the women of the Pee Dee region to speak about their concerns on health issues important to women. 

     A panel led by Gov. Hodges will listen to comments.  Other members of the panel are Ernie Csiszar, commissioner of insurance;  Vergie Chambers, director of Health and Human Services,  Doug Bryant, commissioner of DHEC;  Fred Carter, president of Francis Marion University;  and representatives of the local medical community.

     The moderator for the program will be Rev. Cynthia Brown of Mullins, a member of the Commission on Women.

     For more information, contact Rebecca Collier, executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Women, at 803-734-1609 or Lori Creech with DHEC’s Pee Dee Health District at 843-661-4728.


Last Published: February 15, 2006 10:39 AM
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