Hospital Hosts 5th Annual Pink Ribbon Rally to Increase Breast Cancer Awareness in Prince George’s County

Lanham, Maryland – On October 4, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Doctors Community Hospital will hold its annual Pink Ribbon Rally. This event helps to educate everyone about taking care of yourself as well as the importance of annual mammogram screenings and clinical breast examinations. 

“This event aims to help women move beyond ‘awareness’ by motivating them to take charge of their overall wellness, which includes breast health,” stated Terrie Trimmer, director of the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at Doctors Community Hospital. 

The Pink Ribbon Rally will be held on Doctors Community Hospital’s main campus located at 8118 Good Luck Road.  At this fun- and health-filled event, community members can participate in various activities:

  • Mammograms for insured and uninsured women ages 40 and older (referrals required)
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Bra fittings
  • Ask the doctor and health/wellness sessions
  • Screenings (e.g., blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol)
  • Flu shots
  • Games
  • Seated massages
  • Workout sessions
  • Music
  • And more

Three of this year’s partners who are supporting the advancement of breast health awareness are Safeway, Wegman’s and the Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Breast Health Information

Screening Recommendations

Women should get regular screening mammograms to help detect breast cancer early – when it is most treatable.  Women should be screened for breast cancer at:

  • Ages 40 and older – have mammograms and clinical breast exams yearly
  • Ages 20s and 30s – have clinical breast exams as part of regular health assessments at least every three years
  • Ages 20 and older – perform breast self-exams and notify doctors of any changes immediately

Signs and Symptoms

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells develop in breast tissue.  Though early-stage breast cancer does not always have symptoms, some may develop as the tumor grows.

  • A painless lump in or near the breast
  • A change in breast size or firmness
  • Nipple itching, burning, rash, turning inward or discharge
  • A warm area in the breast
  • Breast skin changes such as dimpling, a sore or a rash
  • Swelling in the armpit

Women should contact their physicians immediately, if they experience any of these symptoms. To schedule an annual mammogram screening or request a free breast health brochure, call the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at 301-552-8524 or visit DCHweb.org/breast.

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Doctors Community Health System is a network of medical and surgical services provided throughout Prince George’s County and in Anne Arundel County. At the heart of this network is its flagship – Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland. To complement the hospital’s high quality and comprehensive services, the system has more than a dozen centers of care in Bowie, Camp Springs, Crofton, District Heights, Hyattsville, Lanham, Largo, Laurel, Riverdale and Temple Hills. In addition to

being recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a high‐performing hospital in colon cancer surgery and heart failure, it is the only hospital in Prince George’s County on Forbes’ list of best midsize employers. Also, it earned Hospital Compare’s four‐star quality rating – the highest in Prince George’s County.

The system has experienced physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who specialize in:

 

  • Ambulatory Surgery

  • Bariatric and Weight Loss Program

  • Breast Health

  • Diabetes Care

  • Diabetes Education

  • Digestive Disease Care

  • Emergency Services

  • Endocrinology Services

  • Health and Wellness Center 

  • Imaging Services

  • Infusion Care

  • Orthopedic Services

  • Primary Care and Family Medicine

  • Radiation Oncology

  • Rehabilitation Program

  • Sleep Care

  • Surgical Services

  • Transitional Care

  • Wound Care

 

For more information, visit DCHweb.org or call 301-DCH-4YOU (301-324-4968).