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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

start signMcKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital are proud to be participating in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

Photo: Logan Trepkowski is ready to start McKenzie’s Pink Up The Pace 5k!

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years.

You may also choose to get them more often. Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.

Screening mammography is still recognized as the most effective tool available for the early detection of breast cancer and according to a landmark study, digital mammography offers significant benefits to certain groups of women. Both hospitals are proud to be able to provide the women in our community with this proven screening technology to identify cancers early, when they are most treatable.

The long-standing rivalry among athletes of Marlette and Brown City schools heated up as their varsity football teams faced off on Friday, September 25, 2015 in Brown City. This second-time fundraising event was called the Pink Out for Cancer Clash and its purpose was to raise awareness about cancer with all event proceeds benefitting the B.C.U.P.S. program at Marlette Regional Hospital. B.C.U.P.S. provides free mammogram screenings for uninsured and underinsured patients in the Thumb Region at Marlette Regional Hospital. This year’s game was a complete success thanks to the support and generosity of Marlette and Brown City area residents and businesses.

A past partner in the crusade against breast cancer, Graff Chevrolet Buick in Sandusky,
recently sponsored McKenzie’s 1st Annual “Pink Up The Pace 5k” which took place on Saturday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. Decked out in everything from pink hair to pink pajamas, 120 participants began the race at Graff and proceeded around a marked track at Woodland Hills Golf Course, traveling through several stations where pink chalk and glitter were flying. Proceeds benefit the McKenzie Women’s Health and Wellness Fund which is used to support local women in the pursuit for health.

In addition, Majel Schumacher is offering pink hair extensions for $10 throughout the month of October at Reflections, which is located at 306 S. Elk Street in Sandusky. Appointments can be made by calling (810) 648-1900, but walk-ins are also welcome. All money raised will also be donated to the McKenzie Women’s Health and Wellness Fund.

To schedule an appointment for your mammogram, please call McKenzie Health System at (810) 648-6179 or Marlette Regional Hospital at (989) 635-4360.

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