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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, St. John’s Women’s Services in Springfield is hosting “Hats off to Mammograms” Tuesday night (October 18th). KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has the details on this special event.
The event will provide information about mammograms, breast health and breast cancer. Activities include a hat contest, a physician’s Q&A panel, and presentations of art and music therapies used for helping survivors cope when they’re in remission. Sharon Davis is the Director of the St. John’s Breast Center and Cancer Resource Center.
“It’s a fun night. It’s a fun way to get some education, but we do stress the education. We answer a lot of questions about new technology, about some of the more common questions that women have about mammograms. In fact, we fielded the patients that have been coming to the Breast Center for the past month, asking them what their questions to physicians would be,” Davis said.
Davis says out of the 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer every year, 40,000 of them won’t survive. 85 percent of those diagnosed don’t have a family history of breast cancer, making the need for an annual mammogram even more important.
“It’s the best technology for detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. You can wait until you have a lump, but it’s much better to find it before it actually forms a lump that you can feel. Some breast cancers you can’t pick it up by mammogram, the majority by far you can,” Davis said.
While Davis says older women around the age of 60 are more likely to be diagnosed, women in their 30’s are at risk as well. Giuliana Rancic, the 36 year old co-host of E! News, announced Monday she has early stage breast cancer. The cancer was discovered after a recent mammogram. Davis says the number one risk factor for breast cancer is being a woman.
The St. John’s event will be held at Hammons Heart Auditorium. It’s free and open to the public. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.
For more information about the event, you can call 417-888-8888 or go online at stjohns.com/women.