Saving Lives with Early Detection: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
“One out of eight” is a startling statistic for any medical condition. And when that condition is breast cancer, medical professionals and patients focus on one theme: early detection.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place each October. Bertrand Chaffee Hospital works with local primary care providers and gynecologists to make sure that women are following up-to-date guidelines for regular screenings, including mammograms. “Treatment for breast cancer is more effective at early stages, and treatment options increase with earlier diagnoses,” said Imaging Department Manager Lisa Smith. “All women should perform a self-examination each month to feel for lumps, thickenings or hardened areas, and women over the age of 40 should schedule a mammogram each year or as recommended by their healthcare provider.”
To raise awareness during this month-long campaign, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home employees will be wearing pink on October 5. “Breast cancer and cancer in general have affected so many families in our community,” said Kara Kane, community relations coordinator. “Our facility recognizes that, and we have included funding to upgrade our imaging technologies in a recent state grant application. News on that should be available by the end of the year.”
Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is a Pink Ribbon Facility™ and offers digital mammography with convenient evening hours. Contact (716) 592-8169 for an appointment or more information.
As twenty volunteer models made final adjustments to their outfits in a curtained-off space at the Springville Volunteer Fire Hall, a crowd of more than 100 supporters waited for the BCH Women’s Association fashion show to begin on September 25.
This annual event represented weeks of planning from the Women’s Association and its Fashion Show committee: President Karen Ritenour, Pam Batterson, Lori Beeman, Beth Bolt, Joyce Smith, Bonnie Tober, Lisa Yaeger and Judi White, who also served as emcee.
The volunteers modeled casual and dressy styles from maurices and Christopher & Banks, which had bold blasts of raspberry, mustard and teal accents on a field of black and denim. Two models from Lularoe walked the floor with some of the new arrivals at Lularoe Patty Gertis’ VIP Boutique in Chaffee. Accessories were donated for the show from Sheret Jewelers, for watches, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, and Springville Eye Care, with sunglasses and fashion frames.
A large and lively basket raffle followed the show, and guests enjoyed selecting from dozens of sweet and savory homemade treats provided by Women’s Association members.
“It was amazing to have such a great response from our program sponsors, and ticket sales that were among the strongest we have seen,” said Ritenour. “We want to give a special thanks to local businesses that donated raffle items, including Spring Valley Landscaping, Wendel’s Poultry Farm, Dave Wendel & Sons, Dave’s Compost & Mulch, Jake’s Greenhouse, A Cut Above the Rest, Hope Louth (Pampered Chef), White’s Appliances, Carolsel, Gail Clayback-Pink Zebra, maurice’s and Cascade Massage.”
The event theme was to celebrate BCH’s 70 years, which also celebrates 70 years of the Women’s Association, which has proudly supported local healthcare in Springville since the hospital opened. Proceeds from the show benefit projects at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital and the Jennie B. Richmond Nursing Home.
Models included: Barb Bilz, Joyce Blok, Elizabeth Cappola, Lynne Dabb, Kathy FOor, Sandy Janiga, Roberta Murray, Jennifer Shearer, Joyce Smith, Tiffany Frazzini, Annette Kaleta, Kara Kane, Julie Kazmark, Shannon Rosenswie, Heddy Rosenswie, Kelly Sanders, Jacqueline Shanahan, DO, Lauralee Sprague, NP, Kathy Balus and Brenna Kephart.