Star Valley Medical Center will hold its annual Brake for Breakfast cancer awareness event on Wednesday, Oct. 1. The event is designed to educate the local community about cancer treatments and options available.
“October has been deemed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by the American Cancer Society and one way that Star Valley Medical Center involves the community is through our Brake for Breakfast event,” said Joel Johnson of Star Valley Medical Center. “Oct. 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 a..m., or until supplies are gone, SVMC sets up stops in Afton on Doc Perkes Lane in front of the medical center, in Thayne on Peterson Parkway in front of our clinics, and in Alpine across from our clinic on Highway 89 to distribute a continental breakfast, a pink gift and literature about breast cancer awareness.”
According to Johnson, the Brake for Breakfast event has proven to be popular in the past.
“Each year we plan on 1,000 valley residents stopping by and taking advantage of Brake for Breakfast,” he said. “A number of those who stop by are men picking up the gift and information for their spouses or significant others. This is a great way for our board, administration, staff, auxiliary and foundation to visit with residents, share important information about health care and say thank you to the community for their support.”
According to the American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in women in the United States for 2014 are:
• About 232,570 new cases of invasive breast cancer;
• About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
• About 40,000 deaths from breast cancer
• Breast Cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other that skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society:
• the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about one in eight;
• the chance of dying from breast cancer is about one in 36;
• Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is likely the result of finding cancer earlier and better treatment;
• right now there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.