RSC aids in early detection


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Chris Leland excitedly hands out breast cancer awareness key chains to attendees. Photo by Jennifer Byrd

The Oklahoma Breast Care Center and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation were on campus Oct. 31 to help combat breast cancer, which kills approximately 41,000 women each year.

The Wellness Center raised $1,000 for the Komen Foundation by selling breast cancer shirts during the month of October, and served lunch for all participants. They also gave away Wellness Center t-shirts and hats.

The Oklahoma Breast Cancer Center’s Mobile Mammography Unit performed 15 digital mammographies during the event. They come to campus every October to provide convenient access to the cancer detection procedure. An all female staff performs the mammograms and the Oklahoma Breast Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology and approved by the FDA.

Elizabeth Hart from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation provided all attendees with gift bags filled with pink bracelets, pens, stickers, and information on breast cancer detection.

Early detection is the key to breast cancer survival. Komen.org recommends all women over 20 get a clinical breast exam at least every three years and all women over 40 get a mammogram yearly. The website also has a breast cancer risk assessment tool to help women estimate their breast cancer risk.

Breast Cancer affects one in eight women during their lifetime and is the second-leading cancer killer of women in the U.S., next to lung cancer. For local breast cancer support services, contact the Central & Western Oklahoma Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure at komencentralwesternok.org or 405-528-2873.

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