Hospital Hosts Annual Pink Ribbon Rally Event to Kickoff Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lanham, Maryland – On October 5, 2018, Doctors Community Hospital will hold its annual Pink Ribbon Rally. This event helps to educate community members and employees about breast health including the importance of annual mammogram screenings and clinical breast examinations. 

“We are excited to host this year’s Pink Ribbon Rally event. We had a great turnout last year with more than 55 mammogram screenings and 45 clinical breast exams. This year, we are looking to serve even more women in our community.” Said Terrie Trimmer, director of the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at Doctors Community Hospital.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 252,710 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017. With approximately 40,610 women dying from this disease, it is ranked as the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  In Prince George’s County, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported Prince George’s County has one of the highest mortality rates in comparison to other jurisdictions.

On Friday, October 5, 2018, Doctors Community Hospital will host its Pink Ribbon Rally from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 8118 Good Luck Road, Lanham, MD 20706. This year’s rally incorporates both breast health awareness and motivation for women to take charge of their overall health.  In addition to annual screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, this event will have music, games, wellness lectures, Zumba classes and more. Also, the hospital’s Wellness on Wheels mobile health clinic will be available to provide free diabetes and cholesterol screenings for men and women. 

This year’s partners are Wegmans and the Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – both who are dedicated to advancing breast health awareness. 

Breast 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

About Breast Cancer

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.  Also, the hospital has been rated as a high-performing facility for heart failure by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-2018 and designated as a primary stroke center by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.  The system has experienced physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals who specialize in:

Ambulatory Surgery
Breast Health
Diabetes Care
Diabetes Education
Digestive Disease Care
Emergency Services
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).