SSU to host Someone You Love event

Shawnee State University will be hosting a Someone You Love event to raise awareness on the HPV epidemic at 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Sept., 12 in the Flohr Lecture Hall of the Clark Memorial Library.

The event will show the film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, a documentary which follows the lives of five women affected by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) to raise awareness of the risks, myths, problems, politics, misconceptions and hard truths about the widespread epidemic.

Following the film, there will be a Q&A panel of experts to answer questions on the topic. The panel will consist of Dr. David K. Byers, MD, from Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC), Tracey Henderson, BSN, RN, of Scioto County Health Department, Gail Miller, RN, of the Counseling Center, and Dr. Mikell N. Rase, MD, of SOMC.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness of HPV. Statistics report 1,157 people in Ohio have cancer caused by HPV. The event teaches people how to lower their risk of contracting HPV and HPV associated cancers.

A free screening for HPV will also be offered at the event.

The Someone You Love event is sponsored by Fight Cancer, Save Lives (FCSL), ACT Now Coalition of Southern Ohio, SOMC, Appalachia Community Cancer Network, and is supported by the Nursing Department at SSU.

The event is open and free to all SSU students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding community. Light refreshments will be available at the event.

For more information, please contact Darla K. Fickle, Program Coordinator at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer center, Center for Cancer Health Equity, at 614-293-2933 or at [email protected]

Staff Report