Written by The Herald-News
Northeast Montana Health Services is hosting its second annual Pink Night Out in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October.
This year’s event is taking place on Monday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. upstairs at the Elks in Wolf Point. The informative evening will blend food, fun, youth artwork, pink pumpkin judging, light entertainment, shopping with local vendors, health tips and fitness demonstrations. Guest speakers will also tell their inspiring stories about their experiences with breast cancer.
On-site healthcare experts from the radiology department at NEMHS will be available to answer questions about the importance of annual mammograms and will be able to schedule appointments throughout the evening.
A drawing will be taking place for a free mammogram. To be eligible, you must schedule your mammogram that evening for a date between October 2013 and October 2014.
“We wanted to create an event that would be fun, inspiring and informative. We want those attending to enjoy themselves but more importantly, to recognize the importance of getting an annual mammogram and continuing with well breast health. Our guest speakers for the evening are all people who have been impacted by breast cancer and their inspiring stories are part of the message we want people to leave with. This is a devastating disease that nearly everyone has been impacted by,” said Jaimee Green, NEMHS marketing director.
There will be a giveaway every 15 minutes and attendees will have an opportunity to have pictures taken that evening.
A representative from NEMHS will also be available to explain the benefits of contributing to the Threads of Life Donor Wall with all the proceeds going toward digital mammography. For $100, a nameplate will be added to the donor wall at both the Poplar and Wolf Point campuses in honor, memory or recognition of a loved one.
Statistically, one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Not counting skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2009, 211,731 women were diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,676 died from the disease.
“There is really no typical breast for women. Everyone is different which is why it is so important to pay attention to any changes in your breasts,” said Kristi Iman, radiologist technician, RT(R)(M) for NEMHS.
Symptoms of breast cancer can include new lumps in the breast or underarm, thickening or swelling of part of the breast, irritation or dimpling, redness or flaky skin, pain or pulling in of the nipple, discharge other than breast milk, changes in size or shape and general pain in any area of the breast.
To schedule a mammogram, contact 653-6538.