CCHD and Public Drug say “ASK ME”

Seeing a store clerk wearing a button with the words “ASK ME” may compel customers to inquire, “Ask you what?” That is the hope of a new campaign called “ASK ME.” In an effort to increase cancer screening rates, the Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) has teamed with Public Drug Co. to try this exciting and different program.

“Seeing a store clerk wearing a button that simply says ‘ASK ME’ is a fun and different way to initiate a conversation about a very important topic: cancer screening,” says CCHD Community Health Education Specialist Penny Paul. Ms. Paul goes on to add “When the customer asks about the button, they will be handed a card with cancer screening information about breast, cervical and colorectal cancers.”

Public Drug Co. is excited about their role in this campaign as well. “We have been serving the community for over 75 years, and we believe cancer screening is important in order to detect the disease early before it spreads,” says Kerri Anderson, Assistant Manager. “Everyone should have access to cancer screening, regardless of whether they are insured or not. They need to be aware that cancer screening is available to them.”

The first campaign will run August 1 – August 31, 2012 with Public Drug Co. and CCHD; however, the program doesn’t end there. Ms. Paul will work with local businesses to seek their support of this program for the three remaining campaigns which will run through June 30, 2013.

For more information on the program, please call Penny Paul at 452-0881 x308. To learn more about cancer screenings, visit CCHD’s Cancer Control program.