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Get Out Your Pink Ribbon: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Oct 01, 2016 02:06PM ● By Clare Heekin Lynch

October marks the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual campaign that aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the disease. A closer look at the staggering stats about breast cancer reveal why this is an important cause for so many people.

According to, every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer—that’s everything from “stage zero” cancer to the deadliest form: invasive breast cancer. The cancer organization also estimates that 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. And an estimated 2,600 new cases will be diagnosed in men.

These numbers have influenced the need for early detection and screenings. According to the Food and Drug Administration, more than 39 million mammograms are performed each year in the United States. And those mammograms may have had an impact. The American Cancer Society reports that the breast cancer death rate is down 34 percent since 1990. 

As of this year, the American Cancer Society estimates there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including patients still being treated and those who have completed treatment. The World Cancer Research Fund International reports that there are more than 6 million breast cancer survivors worldwide.

The numbers gives many survivors a reason to celebrate this month, and the area’s health systems are pleased to help play a role in the battle against breast cancer with fundraisers, awareness events and screenings. 

Just a few of the events coming up:

Butler Health System Foundation
Ladies Night Out Fundraiser
Wednesday, October 5, 5-8 p.m.
Jergel’s Rhythm Grille

“This evening out features a fashion show of clothing and accessories from The Style Truck as seen in Whirl Magazine,” said Kris Bowser, development specialist. “In addition, there will be a basket auction and shopping with vendors including Chloe’s Adornments, Mary Kay, LuLaRoe, Jamberry Nails, Stella and Dot, and Ruby Ribbon, to name a few. Blues Performer Shari Richards LIVE! will provide entertainment.” For tickets or event information, visit

Allegheny Health Network
A Winning Hand Against Breast Cancer
Tuesday, October 25, 5-8:30 p.m.
Allegheny General Hospital

“This event is an uplifting, educational and celebratory evening to honor breast cancer survivors,” said Gina Bianchin, oncology services director. “Guests will have the chance to play games of chance with the breast care physicians, who will be serving as dealers. There will also be an inspirational talk from our keynote speaker. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will also be served.” RSVP by calling 412-330-4469.

1st Annual Perfectly Pink Event
Walk-In Mammography Screening 
and Unite in Celebration
Saturday, October 29, 8:30 a.m.-noon
Various locations

Visit for more information on locations. Some sites require a provider’s order to perform a mammography; it must be at least 11 months since your last screening, although some insurance carriers require 12 months.

“Sometimes it’s hard to find a moment to yourself, much less the time to take care of yourself,” said Bianchin. “By offering this morning of screenings, AHN will help you cross your annual mammogram off your ‘to-do’ list for another year.” Certified technologists will use the most advanced diagnostic equipment to perform exams and a full-time, board-certified radiologist will be on-hand to interpret results and consult with participants if needed.

Susan G. Komen, Pittsburgh—
Paws for the Cause
Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m.
Hartwood Acres Concert Area, Allison Park or 412-342-0500

Managing the Financial Burden of Cancer Care
Tuesday, October 4, 5:30-7 p.m.
Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC (Videoconference at UPMC Cancer Center at UPMC Passavant)

This presentation is part of UPMC’s year-long Women’s Cancer Education Series to provide up-to-date information about women’s cancer to patients, survivors, their families, or to anyone concerned about the disease. Visit for more information and to register.

Breast Cancer and You
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
CCAC-North Campus

“This seminar, featuring three UPMC Passavant cancer physicians, will provide information on breast cancer screening protocols and the latest in treatment options,” said Cyndy Patton, media relations manager. Registration is required by calling 412-788-7546.