Hospital Hosts Event to Kickoff Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Lanham, Maryland – On October 6, 2017, Doctors Community Hospital will hold its Pink Ribbon Rally to educate community members and its employees about breast health as well as the importance of annual mammogram screenings and clinical breast examinations. 

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 246,660 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, surpassing lung cancer among new cancer cases in the United States for the second year.  With 40,450 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 that when compared to other jurisdictions in Maryland, Prince George’s County has one of the highest mortality rates.

“My team is regularly in the community educating people about the importance of annual mammogram screenings that save lives.  We frequently hear from some women who state that they are more focused on ensuring that their loved ones receive regular health screenings.  However, that same level of emphasis is not always given to maintaining their personal health.  When combined with access barriers and screening anxieties, many are not getting this and other preventative health services,” stated Terrie Trimmer, director of the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at Doctors Community Hospital.  “That’s why the Pink Ribbon Rally and other types of community outreach initiatives are so important in improving people’s health and saving lives.”

On Friday, October 6, 2017, Doctors Community Hospital will host its Pink Ribbon Rally from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 8118 Good Luck Road, Lanham, MD 20706. This year’s festive rally incorporates both breast health awareness and motivation for women to take charge of their overall health. This event will educate women and their families about best practices to reduce the mortality rate and onset of breast and other cancers.  In addition to screening mammograms and clinical breast exams, this event will offer music, games, wellness lectures, Zumba classes, healthy snack demonstrations by Wegmans - Woodmore, survivor testimonials and a “Ask the Doctor” component presented by a variety of healthcare providers. Also, the hospital’s Wellness on Wheels mobile health clinic will provide health screenings for men and women. 

This year’s partners are Mikea Turner of WUSA Channel 9, Wegmans -Woodmore, Tanger Outlets National Harbor, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and the Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – all 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

Upon experiencing any of the above symptoms, women should contact their physicians immediately. To schedule an annual mammogram screening or request a free breast health brochure, call the Center for Comprehensive Breast Health at 301-552-8524.

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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, Greenbelt, 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
Digestive Disease Care
Emergency Services
Imaging Services
Infusion Care
Orthopedic Services
Primary Care
Radiation Oncology
Rehabilitation Program
Sleep Center
Surgical Services
Transitional Care
Wound Care

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