STMC/EHH makes Breast Cancer Awareness a Priority in October

10/30/2012

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and more and more people are becoming aware of the fact that breast cancer is a significant concern for females across the population and in our community. Breast cancer accounts for over one third of invasive cancers in women. In addition, breast cancer killed an estimated 40,000 women last year and is the second leading cause of death among women, exceeded only by lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Southern Tennessee Medical Center and Emerald Hodgson Hospital have made it a priority during the month of October to heighten awareness of this disease. On Friday, October 26, Mayor Stewart delivered a Proclamation to the Women’s Center at STMC for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The Women’s Center also hosted “Women’s Health Weekends,” which offered special hours on Saturdays for women in the workforce to receive a mammogram or bone density screening.

There was a great amount of support from local physicians on this topic.  Dr. Ashley De Witt spoke at a STMC/EHH community Lunch n’ Learn on the subject of “Women’s Health Maintenance” and Dr. Alexis Eckard spoke at the Southern Tennessee Ladies Society about women’s health.  In addition, an estimated 200 women’s health pamphlets were handed out during the month of October.

To wrap up the month, the STMC/EHH employees participated in “Wear Pink Day” on October 30 to support all those who have been affected by breast cancer.  STMC/EHH recognizes that such an important and life-changing issue cannot be confined to just one month, for that reason, on-going efforts will be made throughout the year to promote breast cancer awareness in our local community.

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