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Tuesday, 25 September 2012 09:48

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


(AREA) -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. The death rate has declined since 1960, but breast cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in women. The decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. McKenzie Health System is committed to assisting women in obtaining the mammogram screening necessary to help detect these cancers which are often too small to be found during a physical examination. Throughout the month of October, McKenzie Health System will offer screening mammograms for $55. Those having a first mammogram or those who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for a no cost mammogram. Appointments are necessary. Graff Chevrolet Buick in Sandusky, will once again support the hospital and cause with a variety of events to raise awareness and money for breast cancer detection equipment. During the month of October, Graff Chevrolet Buick will host the annual "Drive for the Cure" program giving anyone who test-drives a vehicle a free t-shirt. As part of the program, Graff will donate $100 for all new vehicle purchases and $10 for each test drive to McKenzie Health System. Graff will also host a "Pink Procession" on October 15th and a "Pink Party" on October 23rd with all proceeds going to McKenzie Health System's digital mammogram imaging system fund. Last year, Graff donated over $9,700 toward the cause.