RPMH luncheon to celebrate breast cancer survivors

Invasive breast cancer strikes 12 percent of American women. As the leading cancer among females, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is celebrating survivors, remembering loved ones and raising awareness regarding the importance of advance detection at the Breast Cancer Survivors Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 26. Taking place at the RPMH ER Classroom, the luncheon will feature keynote speaker Charlotte Brooks who will speak on her firsthand experience with breast cancer. Brooks is known locally as a business leader, philanthropist and volunteer. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that develops in the breast. While commonly found in women, one in 1,000 men also develop the cancer. Just as with many cancers, early detection is possible and imperative for survival. The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women age 40. 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. “Nothing can be more impactful than hearing from survivors regarding their story and underscore the importance of early detection,” said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. “Too often women don’t talk with their doctor about self-examination techniques and mammogram schedules. That is why events like our Breast Cancer Survivors Luncheon are important.” Most private health plans along with Medicare and Medicaid 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. Unlike several tests and screenings, a doctor’s order is not required for breast cancer screening. Women who are not insured or cannot afford screening may qualify for assistance to cover the cost of mammograms through the Alliance for Women and Children. Boatright explained that the Breast Cancer Survivors Luncheon is an inspirational event that brings much-needed awareness and discussion to this ongoing health challenge. She said that the annual event encourages many in the community to talk with their doctors about screening, and that discussion is an important one that can potentially save a life. Continuing with a tradition started last year, RPMH’s community outreach team has created a Field of Pink in the hospital’s front lawn. Stakes are being sold for $5 each by the hospital as a fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society. To reserve your seat at the Breast Cancer Survivors Luncheon and to purchase a stake for the RPMH Field of Pink fundraiser, please call 325-235-1701 ext. 344. Interested individuals need not be a survivor to attend the luncheon. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital is a community-focused healthcare provider serving residents in Nolan County, Texas. 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, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit www.rpmh.net.