MACON, Georgia (KBTV)- Atrium Health Navicent wants to educate the community on breast cancer in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
During the month of October, events will be held to help raise awareness and early detection screenings and treatments. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetimes. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2021, about 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, leading to about 43,600 deaths.
For many women, mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms. Regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr.Paul Dale, director of the Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center says, “Unfortunately, breast cancer will affect 1 out of 8 women. Due to better screening and improved treatment options, a majority of these women will lead a cancer-free life after treatment. There is overwhelming evidence that the earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the chance of survival. This stresses the importance of screening mammography. Even during these uncertain times of COVID-19, all of our screening facilities are open, so don’t put off that screening mammography! Early detection is the key to a successful cure.”
To promote breast cancer awareness and education, Atrium Health Navicent has prepared a month-long celebration during October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The following is a schedule of Atrium Health Navicent’sevents and festivities:
Wednesday, Oct. 6• Mammogram Marathon at Atrium Health Navicent locations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. All locations offer 3D mammography technology. Screening grants are available for uninsured and underinsured patients. Call 478-633-7020 to check grant eligibility. Locations include:
o Atrium Health Navicent Breast Care Center, 800 First Street, Suite 310, Macon
o Atrium Health Navicent Imaging and Laboratory,1650 Hardeman Avenue, Macon
o Atrium Health Navicent Imaging Northwest, 5925 Zebulon Road, Macon
o Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, 821 North Cobb Street, Milledgeville
o Atrium Health Navicent Peach, 1960 Hwy 247 Connector, Byron
o Atrium Health Navicent Imaging Monroe, 120 North Lee Street, Suite B, Forsyth
Thursdays, Oct. 7, 21 and 28 • Atrium Health Navicent Teammate Mammography Marathon. Atrium Health Navicent employees can schedule their yearly mammogram from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Atrium Health Navicent Breast Care Center, 800 First Street, Suite 310, Macon. Call 478-633-8130 to schedule.
Wednesday, Oct. 13• Pink and Proud Day eco-friendly lantern release, 11 a.m. Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, 800 First Street, Macon.
Friday, Oct. 22• Survivor Care-a-Van Parade to honor breast cancer survivors. Breast cancer survivors will be honored with a socially distanced parade around Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dr. Paul Dale, director of the Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center and a surgical oncologist at Atrium Health Navicent, will serve as grand marshal.
To schedule a mammography appointment, call Atrium Health Navicent’s centralized scheduling department at 478-633-7020.