October Breast Cancer Awareness Event A Success

Lanham, Maryland – On October 5, 2018, Doctors Community Hospital held its 4th annual Pink Ribbon Rally to celebrate breast cancer awareness and overall good health.

“The community really came out and supported this event. We distributed more than 400 breast cancer awareness tote bags, performed 47 clinical breast exams and provided 50 mammogram screenings. About eight of the screened women have never had a mammogram before. It’s really great to see this type of activity and we can’t wait to do it again next year.” said Terrie Trimmer, director of the Center for Comprehensive Breast Care at Doctors Community Hospital.

This year’s partners were Wegmans-Woodmore Towne Center and the Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Also, there were about a dozen local organizations in attendance that helped to advance breast health awareness throughout the area.

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.

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).