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Volleyball players Dig Pink for breast cancer

The Superior Spartan Volleyball Team will host its annual Dig Pink fundraiser for breast cancer Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Superior High School gymnasium. The team will be recognizing the warriors who have or are currently battling this disease.

This is the seventh year the Spartans will be hosting the Dig Pink volleyball game to raise money for breast cancer education and research through the Side-Out Foundation. Their opponents are the Duluth East Greyhounds.

Junior Varsity and C teams play at 5:45 p.m.; varsity plays at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, half price for those wearing Dig Pink apparel, and $3 for students, free if they wear Dig Pink apparel.

The event will include a bake sale, Chinese auctions and apparel for sale. At the end of the varsity game the pink player jerseys will be raffled off. Donations are also being accepted online at giving.side-out.org/campaigns/14382#/.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women, or 12 percent, will be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the Wisconsin Well Woman Program. Anyone can get breast cancer, but the risk increases as women age. Women with close relatives who have breast cancer are also at increased risk.

Early detection is important for finding breast cancer at an earlier stage. When cancer is found earlier it is more likely to be treatable.The Wisconsin Well Woman Program provides free mammograms to eligible women ages 45-64, or to women ages 35-44 with breast symptoms or concerns.

Additional steps to take to avoid breast cancer include staying at a healthy weight, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, eating nutritious food and not smoking.

For more information and to see if you qualify for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, call Jill Johnson at the Polk County Health Department, which also coordinates the program for Douglas County, at 715-485-8500.