HATTIESBURG, Miss. - This is a press release from Hattiesburg Clinic.
Hattiesburg Clinic is “pinking out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The clinic is challenging its employees to decorate their departments in pink for October and its patients to participate in a pink tree tradition to promote awareness.
The annual “Pink Out Contest” involves a committee of clinic employees that judge the departments on creativity, originality, awareness and effort. The department that displays the most of each will be named the winner.
“Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance for people to make a difference in the lives of women and men and promote the early detection of this disease. Actively raising awareness can ultimately save a life. We hope this fun and friendly competition to paint the clinic pink will serve as a flashy reminder for our patients to get their mammograms,” said Janet Crawford, manager for Surgery and member of Hattiesburg Clinic’s Breast Cancer Awareness Committee.
The clinic is also continuing its annual “Pink the Tree” tradition, which will kick off Oct. 1.
A memory tree will be located on the second floor of the main clinic in Surgery, and an awareness tree will be in the lobby of 28th Place next door. Patients and employees are invited to join in by purchasing pink ornaments in honor or memory of a breast cancer patient to place on the memory tree in Surgery. These ornaments can be purchased from the receptionists in Surgery for $1.
In 2016, the American Cancer Society estimates that invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in about 246,660 women and 2,600 men. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women.
“General awareness and self-awareness are very important allies for early diagnosis and treatment of any cancer. We encourage members of the community and our patients to get their mammograms, especially if they’re over age 40,” said William A. Whitehead, MD, Hattiesburg Clinic surgeon and medical director of The Breast Center.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women over 40 have a mammogram once a year. Mammograms can detect abnormalities in the breast even before they can be felt through a clinical breast exam. This allows physicians to catch the disease at its earliest stages and reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 30 to 40 percent, according to the Society of Breast Imaging.