St. Bernards will kick of October – a month traditionally known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – with a special one-day event on Friday, Oct. 4, at Temple Baptist Church, 2405 Stadium.
During Go Pink for the Cure Day, free mammograms will available to qualifying uninsured women. The free mammograms are made possible in part through funding from the Arkansas Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
From 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon physicians from St. Bernards Medical Group will be on hand to perform clinical breast exams and talk with women about breast health. Registered mammography technologists will perform screening mammograms aboard the St. Bernards Mobile Women’s Health Unit which will be parked near the rear entrance to the church.
The mammograms will be read by St. Bernards radiologists.
To qualify, women must be uninsured. Those between 35 and 40 years of age qualify for a baseline screening mammogram. Women 40 years and older should receive annual screening mammograms.
Women eligible to take part in the program must have no unusual breast symptoms, breast implants or prior history of breast cancer. They also must be at least one full year out from their last normal screening mammogram.
Participants do not have to make appointments.
Many St. Bernards employees purchased “Go Pink” T-shirts, with proceeds going to Komen.
Traditionally, many businesses encourage their employees to take part in the special day by wearing pink. Many then take photos of their employees and post them on their web sites. Some businesses – especially those in which at least one employee has been affected by breast cancer – wear unique – even outlandish – attire on Go Pink Day to make statements about the importance of breast health and breast cancer awareness.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Their best chance for survival is early detection – and that most effectively is done through monthly self-breast exams, regular screening mammograms and annual clinical breast exams.