Wednesday, October 4, 2017

"Go Pink with Park Ridge Health" encourages women to pledge to screen

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and you are invited to Go Pink with Park Ridge Health in support of the cause. This year, Park Ridge Health is adding a twist with its Pledge to Screen challenge.

Breast Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, exceeded by only lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.  While one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, the survival rates are increasing due to early detection.

Please join Park Ridge Health on October 4 at 11 a.m. We will meet at the Main Hospital Entrance the front lawn of the hospital to launch the Pledge to Screen challenge to the Park Ridge Health team and our community.  We will be pledging support for monthly self-breast exams and regular mammography screenings.  Large pink ribbon posters will be available for all to sign. 
The Pledge to Screen initiative also provides information on how to accurately perform a self-breast exam, establishment of a baseline mammogram at the age of 40 unless there is a family history of the disease, and a push for women to screen annually.

According to Linda Richards, Park Ridge Health Cancer Services Director, early detection can be one of the most critical factors in reducing breast cancer deaths.  “It’s great to show your spirit for fighting this disease, but much more compelling to pledge and commit to routine screening for your breast health,” said Richards.

During the month of October, the public is encouraged to take part in several events, including a Park Ridge Health Education Series Lunch & Learn, featuring breast health awareness and cancer prevention information from Park Ridge Health surgeon, David Onofrey, MD, FACS, Member, American Society of Breast Surgeons. Park Ridge Health is also hosting three Ladies’ Night Out events at its Imaging Centers located at the Park Ridge Health Main Hospital Campus, Park Ridge Health Laurel Park and Park Ridge Health South Asheville.
To learn more or register for these events, visit

Or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433) to register or schedule a screening mammogram.

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