Ephraim McDowell Health is increasing awareness about breast cancer with several promotions during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The healthcare system invites individuals in the community to join them in wearing pink Friday which Ephraim McDowell Health has designated as Wear Pink Day.
"We hope Wear Pink Day will increase among women an awareness of the steps they can take for the early detection of breast cancer," said Mary R. Begley, spokesperson for Ephraim McDowell Health. "These steps include monthly self-exams, regular exams by a healthcare provider and annual mammograms beginning at age 40."
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford also will have a Memory Tree set up in their lobbies. The public is invited to participate by honoring or remembering their loved ones who have been affected by breast cancer. Pink slips of paper will be available at the base of the memory tree for individuals to write the name of their loved one on and then attach it to the tree.