Creating a field of pink in Sweetwater

One in eight women have a chance at developing invasive breast cancer some time during her life. For Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH), that statistic is one too many. This October, the local hospital is launching an initiative that will increase awareness and raise funds for breast cancer research on behalf of the American Cancer Society. “Too often women go through life without being screened for breast cancer. By the time it is discovered, it has already elevated to a high stage,” says Donna Boatright, administrator at RPMH. “’Field of Pink’ is an initiative that our team has designed to do our part to fight this deadly disease.” The brainchild of the RPMH’s community outreach team, a “Field of Pink” will be created in the hospital’s front lawn. Stakes will be sold for $5 each by the hospital to donate to this important cause or for the memory of a loved one. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the American Cancer Society. “This month, we hope that women who have not had mammograms in a while will schedule one immediately,” said Boatright. “In addition, we are doing our part to help contribute towards the fight against breast cancer.” Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the breast. While it is primarily found in women, some men are known to develop the cancer, although this occurrence is 100 times less common. According to the American Cancer Society, early detection is imperative to finding and treating breast cancer. Annual mammograms for women age 40 and above are encouraged. Clinical breast exams are encouraged for women in their 20s and 30s as part of a regular health exam every three years, and on an annual basis for women over the age of 40. Breast self-exams is an option for women in their 20s, while women at high-risk of developing the cancer are encouraged to ask their physicians about a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. Unlike several tests and screenings, a doctor’s order is not required for breast cancer screening. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health plans cover all or part of the cost of breast cancer screenings. Women are urged to check with their medical insurance providers to learn more about coverage, but should not delay having these important screenings. For women who are not insured or cannot afford screening, the Alliance for Women and Children will pay for mammograms for qualified individuals. Women are encouraged to also schedule bone density studies as well. These screenings are important in detecting and preventing the onset of osteoporosis, which is prevalent in older women. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, RPMH will also host a Breast Cancer Survivors luncheon. This free event will feature experts and is an opportunity for the community to remember a loved one or celebrate the lives of those who have survived this widespread disease. For more information about breast cancer screening options, please call RPMH at 325-235-1701. To purchase a stake and donate to the American Cancer society, please call 325-235-1701 ext. 344 or visit Donations will be accepted through Nov. 4, 2011. About Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, and more. For additional information, please visit