The statistics are sobering. According to the American Cancer Society almost one in eight American women will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives. This year alone it is estimated that 207,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed. The most concerning number is that 40,000 women will die from the disease.
Early detection of the disease is a key to survival. Reports show if cancer is found and diagnosed while still confined to the breast, the five-year survival rate is more than 90 percent.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an entire month to raise awareness about the importance of early detection. Norman Regional’s Breast Care Center is celebrating with a month full of activities, events and giveaways.
Anyone who receives a mammogram between Monday, October 4 and Friday, October 29 can enter to win a pink KitchenAid Standmixer and pink product gift basket!
Two winners will be drawn and women getting mammograms from both Norman Regional Hospital and Moore Medical Center can enter. The gift basket includes: a five-quart pink KitchenAid Standmixer, a pink apron, a special-edition cookbook, pink cupcakes tins and much more.
The Health System has also designated Fridays in October as a special day to wear pink clothing. So please help us ‘paint it pink’ on Fridays in October. Pink plastic bracelets will be handed out to employees and visitors on Friday, October 8. The Health System hopes the bracelets are shared with a loved one who needs to be reminded of the importance of mammograms.
The goal of screening exams, such as mammograms, is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. Breast cancers that are found because they can be felt tend to be larger and are more likely to have already spread beyond the breast. In contrast, breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be small and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are important factors in predicting the prognosis for a woman with this disease.
Performed in a comforting and inviting environment, The Breast Care Center offers technically advanced, digital mammography equipment as well as a compassionate staff that includes a Nurse Navigator who can help patients through any potential situation.
Lead by Medical Director and board certified surgeon Dr. Denise Rable and under the watchful eye of board-certified radiologist Dr. Barbara Landaal, The Breast Care Center makes a patient’s journey as easy as possible by offering:
A mammogram is the most effective way to identify cancer in its most treatable stages, schedule yours today by calling (405) 307-2290.