NAGS HEAD, N.C.—When the Southern Shores Wachovia learned that the hospital’s Cancer Resource Center was challenging local gentlemen to wear pink on Fridays in October as part of national breast cancer awareness month, they knew that they wanted to be part of the campaign. They wanted to show their support of women facing breast cancer and those that are survivors, so they picked up the phone because they knew the facts—that cancer is the leading cause of death in Dare County and that breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women.

“The entire team at the Southern Shores Wachovia has been touched by cancer,” said Bobbie Stager, Financial Center Manager for Wachovia–Southern Shores. “Wearing Pink is our way to show our support and get awareness out!,” added Stager.

According to the American Cancer Society, the best defense against breast cancer is finding it early, when it is most treatable. “The key to mammography screening is that it be done routinely—once is not enough,” said Betse Kelly, Coordinator of the Cancer Resource Center at The outer Banks Hospital.

The National Cancer Institute encourages women age 40 and older 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.

The Outer Banks Hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients with cancer better understand their diagnosis and treatment and cope with the disease. The Center, which was created with funds generated by The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council, offers a variety of services to help people dealing with cancer. This includes education, counseling, and helping patients connect with others sharing the same experience. All services of the Cancer Resource Center are provided at no cost. The Center is located on the second floor of the Medical Office Building adjacent to The Outer Banks Hospital and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and by appointment. For more information, please call 252.449.7350, or email [email protected].

Photo note: Michelle Weisgerber, Albany Byrum, Juliana Harding-Iagulli, Jenna Scarborough, Chad Weeks, Monica Tucker, April Seko, Dianna Rogers, Beth Logan, Bobbie Stager and Aimee Stechly.