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WCA Hosts Shades of Pink Breast Health Event September 10

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The Center For Imaging team invite the public to a FREE Breast Health Event, “SHADES OF PINK”, Saturday, September 10, from 7 a.m. – Noon at WCA Hospital. Center For Imaging team, front row from left, Dorothy Carlson, Toni DeAngelo, Tammara Card-Hodges, Debbie Anderson, Candythe Kidder, Teresa Rogers, Jeanne Powell, Cassandra Apperson, Jean Sabulsky. Back row from left, James Dahlie, MD, Mary Lewis, Dianne Courtney-Freeman, Lyndon Gritters, MD.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, September 1, 2011)—The WCA Hospital Center For Imaging and Wellness teams will host a FREE Breast Health event, “SHADES OF PINK”, Saturday, September 10, from 7 a.m. – Noon, at the Center For Imaging at WCA, 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown (behind WCA Hospital).  Parking is available by using the Allen Street parking entrance.  Refreshments will be served.

Free clinical breast exams will be provided during the event and individuals may schedule their mammogram screening at that time.  Debbie Daniels, Nurse Practitioner, from the medical office of Patrick Collins, MD, will perform the clinical breast exams.  Additional event activities will include a basket raffle, door prizes, Paint Your Nails Pink Booth and Photo Booth and chair massages.  The morning will also feature vendor displays on the benefits of nutrition and breast cancer; benefits of exercise; area breast support groups; low-cost/no-cost mammography screening information; the newest respiratory gating system at the WCA Cancer Treatment Center; breast health educational resources table; and much more.  Brian Meagher, MD, board certified radiologist on staff at WCA and the hospital mammography staff will be available to answer questions on breast health prevention and treatment.

“Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women,” says Toni DeAngelo, R.N., WCA Hospital Community Health and Wellness Director and program coordinator.  “Many of us know someone in our life who has been affected by breast cancer.  By hosting events such as this, we continue to raise awareness about the importance of adopting a life-long practice of getting your annual mammogram screening. We really want to encourage women and men too, to attend this fun-filled morning and discover the vital factors of staying breast healthy.”

Area agencies joining the Shades of Pink event include, Curves, YMCA of Jamestown, Allure Esthetics, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen WNY Affiliate, Jamestown Breast Cancer Support Group, Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program, and Lily’s Hope.   Hospital staff will sell pink daffodils with proceeds donated toward digital mammography.  The event will provide information on no-cost, low-cost mammogram screenings for those persons uninsured and underinsured.  Tours of the Center For Imaging will also be offered during the event.

According to the American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for breast cancer in the United States, about 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2011.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.  The most recent American Cancer Society estimates for male breast cancer for 2011 is about 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men.  Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women.  For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

“This educational event is a simple yet powerful way to promote good breast health,” says Dianne Courtney-Freeman, Senior Radiologic Technologist/Certified Mammography at the Center For Imaging.  “We continually encourage women to practice good breast health by having an annual mammogram screening and clinical breast exam, and perform monthly breast self-exams.  These simple steps really help save lives.”

The event is funded through a Susan G. Komen WNY Affiliate grant.  The grant funds are used for the purpose of breast health education, breast navigation and breast screening program; and implementation of the Breast Screening for LIFE Club – a new program at WCA with the goal of increasing the rate of adherence to mammography screening practices for women 40 years of age and older.

For more information on the event, please contact Toni DeAngelo at (716) 664-8677.  To schedule a mammogram screening, contact the Center For Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA at (716) 664-8448.  A physician order is required.

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