Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Are you a breast cancer survivor? Do you know a breast cancer survivor? Then join this photo gallery!
There's more to Breast Cancer Awareness Month than wearing a pink ribbon on your collar and cheering for the pink socks-wearing Steelers. It's about educating others on ways to prevent the disease and detect it as early as possible. This month is also a chance to celebrate and share survival stories—and provide hope and comfort to the newly diagnosed. Here at Patch, we ask that you upload a photo to the gallery above of a breast cancer survivor that you know. Just click the "Upload Photos and Videos" tab. Let's see how many brave, strong and beautiful women—and men—we can unite to show others that beating breast cancer can be done.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Act now through Dec. 31.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a fitting time to let local runners and walkers know that discounted "Early Bird" registration is available through Dec. 31 for the 2013 Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. The annual event, which will be headquartered on Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill South neighborhood next May 12 normally costs $30 (5,000-meter timed run) and $25 (untimed events) for non-breast-cancer-surviving adults. But "Early Birds" can knock $5 off of all registration fees. A full list of normal fees is available here. According to a news release, over 250,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and over 40,000 will die from it. Susan G. Komen for the Cure-…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A challenge between Pittsburgh and Cleveland Panera stores will raise money for breast cancer awareness—and up the ante for the city that buys the most Pink Ribbon bagels.
Panera Bread has issued the Power of Pink Challenge during the month of October to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Through Oct. 31, a portion of the proceeds from each Pink Ribbon bagel sold will be donated to the Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation, benefitting the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation. As part of the challenge, Panera has pitted Pittsburgh against Cleveland—two cities, one cause. The city that purchases the most Pink Ribbon bagels will receive an additional $10,000 charity donation. Bagels can be pre-ordered from your local Panera by clicking here. The closest location to our area is the Oakmont location along Allegheny River Boulevard. Here are some others: _______________________ Plum-…
Monday, October 1, 2012
October is breast cancer awareness month.
October is breast cancer awareness month, and a local hospital is kicking it off with some pink. Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, the signage atop the hospital will be lit pink. The Forbes sign will remain pink all month long in recognition of those who have been touched by breast cancer. Forbes will be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness all month long with different events in an effort to educate employees, patients, and visitors about the importance of screening and early detection. For more information about the new Breast Care Center at Forbes Regional, see this Plum-Oakmont Patch article or call 412-858-2656. _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter…
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new facility on Monday.
A new state-of-the-art Breast Care Center that will offer women living in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh access to the region’s most comprehensive and world class breast cancer services opened at Forbes Regional Hospital on Tuesday. Officials from Forbes, West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) and Highmark celebrated the opening of the new Breast Care Center at the Monroeville hospital on Monday. A community open house to showcase the center also will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. The public will have an opportunity to tour the new center and meet with physicians leading the program. The Forbes Breast Care Center provides women with the complete spectrum of advanced breast diagnostic procedures, including digital…
Friday, October 28, 2011
Business with shops in both Monroeville and Bethel Park fits women for breast prostheses, bras and wigs for recovery stages.
A breast cancer survivor and boutique owner Kathy Garrison has been helping other women fight the life threatening illness by providing a listening ear, guidance and post-surgery products in her Bethel Park and Monroeville specialty shops. Garrison and friend Joanne Evans opened their first K & J’s Complete Woman shop 23 years ago. The shop sells breast forms, bras and wigs made for women battling breast cancer through mastectomy, lumpectomy, radiation, chemotherapy. “As soon as a woman is diagnosed, she should come here,” said Janna Nassida, Garrison’s niece, who runs the day-to-day operations at the Monroeville Boulevard shop with Lori Mula. The shops are lined with non-surgical products to help breast surgery patients obtain bodily …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Project Irreplaceable, led by an Upper St. Clair senior, has students urge their mothers to schedule a mammogram and perform a self exam. Plum High School participates in the program.
The Mellick family, of Upper St. Clair, knows the importance of breast cancer awareness. They watched their mother, Cathy, recently beat the disease after a multiple surgeries and chemotherapy. However, the Mellick children—Michele, Ricky and Christine—are taking breast cancer awareness a step further. Instead of just awareness, the kids are promoting early breast cancer detection. The idea began as Ricky, an Upper St. Clair High School freshman, was watching the Pittsburgh Steelers game. The players were wearing pink to raise breast cancer awareness. "He said 'Hey, I wish we could do something like that,'" said Michele, an Upper St. Clair High School senior. Soon after, the Mellick family created Project Irreplaceable. Kids are asked to …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Have some fun and do some good all in the same night!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Square Cafe in Regent Square is holding its second annual Square Pumpkin Carving event at 6 p.m. this Friday, with donations going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Held at the restaurant, Square Cafe is providing the pumpkins and knives, as well as complimentary warm apple cider, toasted pumpkin seeds and Halloween candy. "We're asking all participants to make a donation that night at the cafe to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of those we know who are or have battled breast cancer and those affected by it," they state on the event's Facebook page, which you can find here.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Sergio's Style will hold a charity cut-a-thon at the end of the month.
After taking over Sergio’s Style four years ago from his father, Sergio Pampena enjoyed an established and successful business and wanted to give something back. So the owner of the salon at 2891 West Liberty Avenue in Dormont started thinking pink. “80-percent of my clients are women,” he said. “And the other 20-percent who are men have wives, mothers, sisters, all of whom can be touched by breast cancer. I have one daughter and another on the way, by the time they grow up, I hope the threat of breast cancer is a thing of the past.” So at the end of September, Sergio painted the façade of his salon pink, to mark the 25th anniversary of breast cancer awareness month. “We are a Paul Mitchell salon, and all of the proceeds of Mitchell …
Michigan research also finds that self-exams are vital to early detection of breast cancer.
Recent trends in breast cancer detection have wavered. To perform breast self-exams or not? To get mammograms or not? The worry about breast self-exams is that they might skew results into too many false-positive tests. Some who recommend fewer mammograms have suggested that over-screening leads to unnecessary invasive tests and undue anxiety. However, the 2011 Breast Cancer Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology overwhelmingly supports these preventive measures. The American Cancer Society agrees. “While there has been ongoing debate about when and how breast cancer screening should occur, this study validates that women who undergo regular mammography screening present at earlier stages and often require less aggressive …