THE LABORATORY REPORT Fall 2014 Page 10 Methodist Hospitals Host Breast Cancer Awareness Events October is breast cancer awareness month. Women in the United States have about a 12% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, which is highly treatable when diagnosed in the early stages. To improve early diagnosis, several Houston Methodist Hospitals hosted annual breast cancer awareness events. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital hosted its second annual “Paint the Night Pink” on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. This free event featured live music, dinner, chair massages, onsite mammograms, and physician consultations. Additionally, a panel of experts discussed a variety of breast cancer-related topics, ranging from treatment strategies to procedures offered by the hospital, including innovative, padded mammogram machines. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital partnered with the Sugar Land Town Square for the 5th Annual “Catwalk on City Walk” fashion show. The event was held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and showcased the fashion of several local boutiques. All proceeds from this fun annual event went to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Pretty in Pink Cancer Fund, which assists local cancer patients with various non-hospital costs. Additionally, during the month of October, Veritas Steak and Seafood restaurant in Town Square is offering a unique Pretty in Pink menu, with a portion of the sales also donated to the Pretty in Pink Cancer Fund. Houston Methodist West Hospital hosted its annual “Positively Pink” event on Saturday, October 18, 2014. This free, familyfun event aimed to raise breast cancer awareness and promote disease prevention. Positively Pink featured live music, food, children’s activities, and shopping booths. Additionally, the hospital’s breast cancer physician team provided complementary health screenings and information on nutrition, stress reduction, and cancer prevention. Visitors were able to visit with the hospital’s women’s health specialists and sign up for their annual mammograms. Clockwise from upper left: Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, and Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital buildings are accented in pink in observance of breast cancer awareness month. Image courtesy of Houston Methodist Facebook page.
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