It's our goal to raise awareness and emphasize the importance of women's health year-round. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but that doesn't mean we have to limit awareness to one month of the year
Atlanta, GA (Vocus) November 11, 2010
The largest, most comprehensive health care system in the state of Georgia, Emory Healthcare, is launching various web-based resources to promote breast cancer awareness and breast health beyond the month of October. Emory Healthcare, its clinical breast health division, the Emory Breast Center, and the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the only National Cancer Institute designated cancer center in the state of Georgia, are partnering on a multifaceted effort to educate patients about the importance of breast health year-round.
“It’s our goal to raise awareness and emphasize the importance of women's health year-round. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean we have to limit awareness to one month of the year,” says Ruth O’Regan, MD, medical director of the Emory Breast Center. “One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime. To keep breast cancer awareness and breast health top of mind, we’ve created a breast health center website. We’re inviting Web visitors to send us their stories and breast health awareness tips as part of Emory Healthcare’s health blog to draw attention to an important cause.”
To help promote an open dialogue around breast health awareness, Emory Healthcare is encouraging visitors to submit their words of inspiration and advice for keeping breast health top of mind on the new breast health site, which includes an opportunity to win tickets to a local sporting event.
Two contributors will be randomly selected to win tickets to the upcoming University of Connecticut vs. Georgia Tech women’s basketball game, an event that also keeps women’s health top of mind. The hope, says O’Regan, is that readers will contribute advice and feedback on an on-going basis regardless of the incentive in an effort to help women around the world.
“Achieving year-round awareness of breast cancer and breast health requires a commitment to patient education and involvement. We intend to continue to provide thorough resources and relevant topics related to women’s health on Emory Healthcare’s breast health Web site,” says O’Regan.
For more details, visit Emory Healthcare’s cancer blog and breast health contest site.
About Emory Healthcare
Emory Healthcare has been at the forefront of medicine, putting cutting-edge interventional research and technology into lifesaving action since 1905. As the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia, Emory Healthcare is made up of four hospitals, 1,184 licensed patient beds, 9,000 employees and more than 20 health centers located throughout Metro Atlanta. Emory Healthcare physicians are consistently ranked as top doctors in Atlanta, the Southeast, and nationally.
About the Emory Breast Center & Winship Cancer Institute
The Emory Breast Center is certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and is affiliated with the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center and the coordinating center for cancer research and care throughout Emory University and Emory Healthcare. With NCI designation, Winship joins an elite group of 65 cancer centers in the United States to have earned this coveted status. Winship is part of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory Healthcare and Emory University and offers patients and their family members a vast array of resources in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, complementary therapies, and social services.