NAGS HEAD, N.C.—From stay-at-home moms to corporate executives, breast cancer has no boundaries. And those who join together in the fight against breast cancer are just as diverse, including the men at The Outer Banks Hospital—from maintenance to medical internist, to computer support and pharmacists—who have come together as part of a challenge by the hospital’s Cancer Resource Center to wear pink on Fridays in October as part of national breast cancer awareness month.
“Cancer is the leading cause of death in Dare County and breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women,” said Van Smith, President of The Outer Banks Hospital. “The best defense against breast cancer is finding it early. And I am thrilled that the men of The Outer Banks Hospital have come together in this effort to wear pink and send a visual message to women to encourage them to schedule their yearly mammogram,” added Smith.
According to the National Cancer Institute, women age 40 and older are encouraged to have a mammogram every one to two years. Women that are at a higher than average risk of breast cancer should talk with their healthcare provider before the age of 40 to determine how often they should have a mammogram performed.
Photo note: From left to right: Todd Warlitner, Vice President of Business Operations; Ed Cole, hospital volunteer; Mike Lynch, Director of Facilities Services; Ray Wells, Network Support Technician; Dr. Scott McPherson, Department Chair of Emergency Medicine; Jake George, Maintenance Mechanic; Justin Draper, Materials Management Clerk; Wright Emory, Inventory Analyst; Monte Thompson, pharmacy Director; Greg Eisert, Plumber; Dr. Art Metcalf, Internist, HealthEast Family Care of Nags Head; Wayne Allen, Materials Management Clerk; and Van Smith, President of The Outer Banks Hospital, wear pink in support of national breast cancer awareness month.