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D.C. barbershop holds preventive screenings to boost cancer awareness

Folks gather at the barber shop for the cancer screening event. (Photo: WJLA/Sam Ford)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A local barbershop held an event to boost awareness of colorectal cancer and preventive screenings on Thursday in Northeast D.C.

Christopher's Grooming Lounge hosted the event on 705 H Street with the goal to provide African-American customers a trusted voice to confide in about colorectal cancers and screenings through barbers and hair stylists. The initiative called Health Advocated In-Reach and Research is led by the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Equity.

The school received a $200,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation in order to train barbers and beauticians on ways to educate their customers on colorectal cancer and preventive screenings.

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