The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The public is invited to remember a woman who had breast cancer or honor a woman who is a breast cancer survivor by writing her name on a tag and placing it on the pink tree in the hospital lobby. The tree will be displayed in the lobby during the month of October.

According to a study conducted by the Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks, cancer is the leading cause of death in our community. Breast cancer mortality rates are slightly higher here than the state average. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

  • Women age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger women, even though breast cancer risk increases with age
  • Hispanic women have fewer mammograms than Caucasian women and African American women
  • Women below poverty level are less likely than women at higher incomes to have had a mammogram within the past two years
  • Mammography use has increased for all groups except American Indians and Alaska Natives

“The key to mammography screening is that it be done routinely – once is not enough,” said Betse Kelly, Cancer Resource Center Coordinator. For more information about breast cancer, programs and services for cancer patients and their families or about the “Think Pink” tree call 449-7350.