Our challenge for you is to tell the women in your life to be proactive about their health. Remind them to get their annual mammogram. If they are too young to get a mammogram, then encourage them to have an annual checkup. We can’t stress the importance of women’s health enough. So link a pinky and make a promise to all of the women in your life to keep up on their health. Here are some ways to do exactly that!
Get your annual mammogram
St. Elizabeth Hospital makes it easy for women to make their annual mammogram a priority in the midst of a busy lifestyle by offering Walk-in-Wednesdays, a program that allows women to stop by the St. Elizabeth Breast Center on a Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get their annual mammogram without having to make an appointment.
Calumet Medical Center’s Breast Center also offers a program called Walk-in-Weekdays, where women can stop in for their yearly mammograms. You can stop in between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the week without an appointment. It’s a great resource to take advantage of this month, and throughout the entire year.
Attend an event
On Oct. 15, St. Elizabeth Hospital is having a breast and ovarian cancer awareness happy hour event from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Bring a friend or relative to help encourage awareness in the community and to arm yourself with the knowledge about breast and ovarian cancer. There will be hors d’oeurves, door prizes and tours of the new Breast Center. Dr. Kathryn Meyer, OB/GYN; Darci Grota, cancer care coordinator; and Thea Johnson, genetic counselor will present and lead break-out sessions. Call 1-800-362-9900 or visit www.affinityhealth.org/awareness for registration details.
We have tons of educational and fun-filled events planned throughout the month to help the cause and spread breast cancer awareness. Check out our events tab on our Facebook page for more information.
Spread awareness on social media
We not only want to raise awareness for breast cancer, but we also want to focus on women’s health in general. Take a stand to support women’s health throughout breast cancer awareness month by changing your Facebook profile picture. Download our Pink Out profile picture and have it serve as a daily promise to promote women’s health throughout the month of October. Help out by wearing pink on October 4, 10 and 23 as we Pink Out the Fox Cities in support of breast cancer.
Know someone who’s battling breast cancer right now? Check out some of our cancer blogs that offer advice and help to those who are battling cancer, or know someone that is.
There are many ways you can get involved – from educating yourself to attending an event or spreading awareness through social media. Dedicate a little bit of your time this month to support the women in your life.