October 24, 2013, Brooklyn, NY…
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the Lutheran HealthCare family donned their pink on October 23. The special event led by the Radiation Oncology and Radiation Departments featured informational materials from the American Cancer Society, self breast examination trainings, giveaways, snacks and more.
"By raising awareness of the need for early detection, we can help to protect ourselves and loved ones from this disease," said Audrey Saitta, M.D., chair, Radiation Oncology. "For those who are battling breast cancer, Lutheran offers the latest technologies in diagnosis and treatment and we work closely with our patients to provide comfort, offer a wide range of services across the Lutheran continuum and ensure the best possible results.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity and a well-balanced diet, can help to lower your risks for breast cancer. Other than lifestyle changes, the most important action a woman can take is to follow the American Cancer Society's guidelines for early detection. Early detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatments has led to a decrease in fatalities from breast cancer. For more information, please visit www.cancer.org.
Lutheran's comprehensive cancer care team includes physicians, specialists, radiologists, physical therapists, pain management specialists, psychologists and social workers. For more about Lutheran Medical Center's Cancer Care Program click here.