October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Pictured, from left, are EMS personnel Steven Williams, Bobby Isley, Jayce Pickle, Jeff Skinner, Justin Whitsett, Elizabeth Simonds, Joey King, Angela Riggs, Larry Sands, Kimberly Maddox, Robert Gobble, and Steve Calahan.

By Kathi Calahan

Special to the Tribune

The Marshall County Emergency Medical Service and Marshall Medical Center are teaming up again this year to help promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the month of October, EMS personnel will be wearing pink T-shirts bearing the awareness ribbon, along with the words Courage - Strength - Hope. These shirts are provided through the generosity of Marshall Medical Center.

Breast cancer is among the leading causes of death in the United States. This year alone, there will be almost 300,000 new cases diagnosed in women with some 40,000 deaths. In men, there will be over 2,000 cases and over 400 deaths. There are over 2.6 million women in the U S with a history of breast cancer. It is the most common type of cancer in women, other than skin cancer, and in most cases the victim is over the age of 40.

The best way to beat this terrible disease is through early detection including self-exams, yearly mammograms. and other screening tests. This, along with lifestyle changes, can make a difference.

For more information, go to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website at www.nbcam.org or the American Cancer Society webiste at www.cancer.org.

Marshall Medical Center takes an active role in educating the community on prevention, early detection, and support available for the cancer patient. Marshall Medical Center accomplishes this goal by suppoting the EMS in their effort to increase breast cancer awareness, by providing free seminars (together with Maury Regional Medical Center), and by being the presenting sponsor of Relay For Life of Marshall County, which is the major fundraising arm of the American Cancer Society.