ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Cancer Services Program of the Southern Tier is partnering with local restaurants to raise awareness about the importance of breast cancer screenings.

This year, 12 restaurants in Chemung County will participate and do their part to make sure women are getting screened. Anne's Pancakes, Beef's, Curly's Chicken House, The Diner, Sugar and Spice Restaurant, Wellsburg Diner, Maple Lawn Dairy, Lights Bakery, The Pepper Pot Café, Salsa’s Mexican Restaurant, Julianna’s Brickwood BBQ, and Turtle Leaf Café are among the participating restaurants.

As residents enter these restaurants, they'll seem a little brighter in appearance on the inside. Pink breast cancer ribbons, pink posters, napkins and table cloths can be found throughout, all from donations received by the Chemung County Health Department.

“A pink napkin or a pink tablecloth isn't going to necessarily save someone from cancer but it might strike up a conversation with someone that they're seated with, or remind them that hey, maybe I should go get checked out, and make sure that there is nothing going on,” said Adam Bunce, Owner of Turtle Leaf Cafe.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will get the disease at some point in their lifetime. Denise Argetsinger, Case Manager and Outreach Coordinator with the Chemung County Health Department says, women over 40 should be screened and talking to their doctor sooner if they have a family history of breast cancer.

Chemung County residents can call Denise Argetsinger at 607-873-1500 if they are uninsured to find out about the free screening options. This is all part of the New York State Department of Health's Cancer Services program.