WVU to host breast cancer awareness events

Free clinical breast exams offered Oct. 2 and Oct. 17

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University will host a series of free events during breast cancer awareness month in October.

  •  Free clinical breast exams will be provided on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center clinic from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  If a follow-up mammogram or ultrasound is warranted, breast imaging will be offered at the WVU Betty Puskar Breast Care Center.  Advance registration is required.  Please call 304-598-4027.
  •  Anyone who misses the free exams at the Cancer Center clinic can stop by the Cancer Center’s exhibit at WVU Hospitals Health Expo at the Morgantown Mall on Friday, Oct. 17, for a free exam from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  No registration is required. 
  •  Breast cancer survivors and their families are invited to a Breast Cancer Survivors Afternoon of Enlightenment Sunday, Oct. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lakeview Resort.  The event is an opportunity for survivors from around West Virginia and neighboring states to visit and share experiences. Cancer Center experts from WVU will share their expertise about new breast cancer treatments and technology.  Light refreshments will be served.  To register call 304-598-4027.
  •  Every Monday in October, people are encouraged to wear pink as part of a “Paint the Town Pink” campaign started last year by WVU Hospitals Friends’ gift shop.  The gift shop is donating pieces of Fiesta Ware with a Betty Puskar Breast Care Center imprint as prizes for listeners of WAJR radio, which is helping to promote the awareness campaign.
  •  Jame Abraham, M.D., director of WVU’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, and Christen Tringes, a physician assistant at the Cancer Center, will present a free talk on breast cancer prevention and hereditary risks for breast cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center on the WVU Health Sciences campus.

“We’re raising awareness about breast cancer to save lives,” Dr. Abraham said.  “About 1,300 West Virginia women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and more than 300 die of the disease.  We hope to reduce those figures.”

“As West Virginia’s premier cancer center. we have an obligation to identify opportunities and strategies to alleviate the cancer burden in our state,” said Scot C. Remick, M.D., director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  “Service is one of our guiding principles for growing our center in ways that will ensure patients in the community and beyond receive the best possible care.”

The October breast cancer awareness events are sponsored by the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at WVU’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center at WVU, and WVU Hospitals.

For information about the Cancer Center visit www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.


For more information:
Sherry Stoneking, MBRCC, 304-293-4599
ss: 8-29-08

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