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Published on October 09, 2014

Early detection encouraged during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Spartanburg Regional helps raise awareness to fight breast cancer

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by encouraging early detection and education. More than 2 million women in the United States are breast cancer survivors, and breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer for women.

Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute and the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System work to fight breast cancer by educating women on cancer prevention through healthy choices and early cancer detection with mammograms and screenings.

Early detection of breast cancer allows for more treatment options, less extensive surgery and better outcomes. The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health is committed to making life-saving mammography screenings available to women where it’s convenient for them. With locations in Spartanburg and Greer, as well as a mobile mammography unit that visits area businesses, churches, organizations and events across Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties, SRHS helps women overcome barriers that often prevent them from having these screenings. Mammograms are scheduled by calling 864-560-7777.

Hear their story:

Each woman has her own story about her battle against cancer and personalized care. Contact the SRHS media relations team to hear the journeys of breast cancer survivors.

Upcoming breast cancer events at SRHS:

Paint Our Town Pink

Friday, Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m.

Downtown Spartanburg

Paint Our Town Pink is an annual event in Downtown Spartanburg to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This event includes music, food, vendors and lots of pink! All proceeds benefit the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. Visit GibbsCancerCenter.org/pink to learn more.

Girls Night Out Powered in Pink

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Pelham Medical Center, Medical Office Building Community Room

Just like the classic Little Black Dress, vibrant health is always in style. Join us for a remarkable affair in celebration of breast cancer awareness month. Put on your favorite black attire, and we’ll show you how health is your best accessory. Enjoy dinner while learning tips about screening and prevention to looking good at any age. Register online at Visit GibbsCancerCenter.org/pink or call 864-849-9470 for more information.

Living With & Beyond Cancer: Breast Health Awareness

Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 – 8 p.m.

Bearden Josey Center for Breast Health lobby

Breast Cancer Survivors are invited to an evening centered on breast health awareness with Steven Corso, M.D. This evening will include refreshments and spa services such as: facials, massages, manicures, bra fittings and information from Pure Romance®. This free event is open to women that are breast cancer survivors and women interested in breast health awareness. To register online visit GibbsCancerCenter.org/pink or call 864-560-6747 for more information.

Breast Cancer Prevention: Reducing Your Risk

Every woman should know what she can do to lower her risk of developing breast cancer. While some risk factors such as family history can't be changed, lifestyle changes can lower the risk of breast cancer. These changes include:

• Limit alcohol; no more than one drink a day

• Avoid tobacco

• Control weight, particularly after menopause

• Stay physically active; 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly, plus strength training at least twice a week

• Breastfeed

• Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy

• Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution.

Be vigilant about breast cancer detection. If you notice any changes in your breasts, such as a new lump or skin changes, consult your doctor. Also, ask your doctor when to begin mammograms and other screenings.

About Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies working together. The collaboration helps promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to services. 

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