JC Blair Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ask the Experts about Breast Health at Wear Pink Day Luncheon Oct 20

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Women’s Imaging Center of J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is hosting its fifth annual Cindy Taylor Memorial Wear Pink Luncheon on Friday, October 20, at 12:00 noon in the Ellis Hall Ballroom at Juniata College. This year’s luncheon will feature a panel of J.C. Blair breast health experts: obstetrician/gynecologist and breast cancer survivor Dr. Diane Adams, lead mammographer and breast health coordinator Penny Shope, breast surgeon Dr. Darrell Pugh, and a breast health survivor. Tickets are $15, and available for purchase at the J.C. Blair Hospital Information Desk or through www.jcblair.org until Friday, October 13. Seating is limited, and carpooling is encouraged. For more information call (814) 643-8548.

The panelists will address the recommended continuum of breast care from self-awareness of risk factors to screening to early detection to surgical options, and finally, what it means to be a breast cancer survivor. The audience will then have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Dr. Adams joined the Women’s Care Center at J.C. Blair in August, Dr. Pugh joined J.C. Blair’s Surgical Care Center in June, and Penny Shope is one of the region’s most experienced mammographers, having worked with the most advanced technology, 3D digital mammography, at J.C. Blair since 2013.

In addition to the panel discussion and a delicious lunch, the Auxiliary to J.C. Blair will feature a pocket book raffle, with all proceeds benefiting J.C. Blair’s Alliance for Breast Care. Proceeds from the Cindy Taylor Softball Tournament will also be presented at the luncheon.

Additional October Breast Cancer Awareness programs sponsored by the Women’s Imaging Center at J.C. Blair include:

A free gift for every mammography patient in the month of October. d

 “Pink Power Paint Night” on Thursday, October 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the J.C. Blair Education Center. Rebecca Reck from Bluebird Designs will give attendees step-by-step instructions to create a breast cancer awareness-inspired masterpiece. Attendees will also be provided with painting supplies, dessert, breast health information, and a free gift. The cost is $35, with checks made payable to the J.C. Blair Foundation. For more information or to register, call (814) 643-8652.

Throughout the month, J.C. Blair’s Breast Health Coordinator Penny Shope will be presenting breast health educational programs to various groups throughout Huntingdon County. “Breast health education is so important in the fight against breast cancer,” said Shope. “If we can educate women about the importance of breast self-awareness, clinical breast exams, and mammography, and alleviate their fears if a cancer is detected early, we can save a lot of lives!”

For more information about any of these Breast Cancer Awareness Month events, call (814) 643-8548.