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(Left to right): Mohamed Alsharedi, Minal Patel, Chad Crigger, Dr. Monika Sawhney and Cory Lambert will work together for the next year to conduct breast cancer research in rural communities of West Virginia. Not pictured: Andrew Myers.

The Marshall University undergraduate department of public health is searching for women in 23 West Virginia counties to participate in breast cancer research.


Dr. Monika Sawhney, director of the undergraduate public health program, said she received a grant to conduct breast cancer research in West Virginia last spring. Sawhney said her department will have educational sessions in each of the 23 counties for those interested in learning more about early prevention of breast cancer.


“We want to reach these underserved populations in our state to raise awareness about breast cancer and help these women understand the importance of timely screenings,” Sawhney said. “Participants will be asked to attend an informational meeting in their counties and then complete a survey for our research purposes.”


Counties offering opportunities for the breast cancer educational sessions include Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Harrison, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Nicholas, Pleasants, Riley, Randolph, Ritchie, Summers, Upshur, Webster and Wyoming.


Time and location will vary for each county. For more information on how you can attend a breast cancer educational session in your area, please contact Sawhney at or by calling 304-696-2602. To learn more about the Marshall Department of Public Health, visit online.