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ALTON — In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness month, Saint Anthony’s Health Center is offering a variety of health educational and promotional events for the community.
“Saint Anthony’s Breast Health Month initiatives stress the importance of mammography and creates awareness of early detection and treatment options,” said Dr. Emily Albright, general and minimally invasive surgeon on the medical staff at Saint Anthony’s. “For women of average risk, the American Cancer Society recommends regular mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing as long as a woman is in good health.”
Saint Anthony’s Breast Health Month activities:
Oct. 1 and 8: Pledge Days, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by and pledge your commitment to have a mammogram or schedule your loved one for a mammogram and be eligible to win prizes. Pledge Day in the Saint Anthony’s Health Center Cafeteria, Oct. 1; Pledge Day in the Saint Clare’s Hospital Cafeteria, Oct. 8.
Thursday, Oct. 2: Girls Night Out! Back by popular demand, Girls Night Out offers women in the community the opportunity to get their annual screening mammograms, learn more about breast health issues for our team of clinicians and enjoy a night out. Complimentary cheese and wine, massages by Body Restoration, make-up tips by Lancôme and more. Register to win tickets to The Fabulous Fox. Limited registration; call (618) 465-2264 for an appointment.
Thursday, Oct. 9: Lunch and Learn with Dr. Alexander Ryan at noon, free boxed lunch included. Ryan, a board-certified radiologist, will discuss Mammography – What it Means to You. Location: Saint Anthony’s Health Center; to register, call (618) 465-2264.
Thursday, Oct. 16: Lunch and Learn with Dr. Manpreet Sandhu at noon, free boxed lunch included. Sandhu, board-certified medical oncologist and hematologist, will discuss Breast Cancer Basics – What You Need to Know. Location: Saint Clare’s Professional Building Auditorium; to register, call (618) 465-2264.
The Week of Oct. 13-17 – Cup o’ Joe! Free coffee in commemorative pink coffee mugs for the first 500 customers at Joe K’s Family Restaurant at 2530 State St., Alton.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 – Saint Anthony’s Night at Gentelin’s! Enjoy dinner at Gentelin’s on Broadway this night and Gentelin’s will donate a portion of its sales to Saint Anthony’s Breast Cancer Services. Commemorative wine glasses to all diners.
Mister Donut in Alton is offering commemorative pink mugs on Friday, Oct. 24, as part of the Breast Cancer Month activities, while supplies last.
Women who stop by either Wood River Donut or Donut Express in Bethalto can receive commemorative pink mugs as a reminder to make appointments for annual mammograms, while supplies last.
Wear pink on Fridays in October to receive a special 25 percent discount in the Saint Anthony’s Gift Shop! Good on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24.
Saint Anthony’s Cancer Center is the only area hospital to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons for exemplary cancer services. The recognition is granted to facilities that demonstrate a “Commendation” level of compliance for clinical management, cancer data management, cancer committee leadership, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
In addition, Saint Anthony’s is the only area mammography facility to be designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiologists.
For information on Saint Anthony’s Women’s Imaging Center Services or to make an appointment for a mammogram, call (618) 474-6152.