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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her life.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many organizations are showing their support.

Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States.

And thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving the disease today. "The statistics show that this is one cancer that if it's diagnosed early it saves lives and truly the slogan "early detection is the best protection" that's true with breast cancer and you can't say that with every cancer," said Archbold Women's Center Supervisor Judy Murphy.

All across the country, people are showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness. During yesterdays NFL games, pink was sported by the players, coaches, and fans.

The Archbold Women's center kicks off their month of activities Tuesday night with the annual survivors fashion show. "Everyone always enjoys this event and it really encourages and lifts the spirits of those who are breast cancer survivors and their families," said Murphy.

Doctors say this month helps as an important reminder to women of all ages. "It just sort of reminds everybody to get their mammogram because it's quick and it's relatively easy. We have a center where we have on-site radiologists every day and we even have Saturday mammograms available because women are very busy these days," said Diagnostic Radiologist Dr. Mary Anne Bullard.

The Annual Survivor's Standing Tall Fashion Show will take place on Tuesday, October 4, from 6–8 pm at Archbold Memorial Hospital in the Williams Auditorium located in the East Tower. Cancer survivors will model the latest fashions from local retailers. Dinner will be served and Gregory K. Patterson, MD will serve as a guest speaker.

On Tuesday, October 11, from 6–7:30 pm, Archbold will host a panel discussion titled, "Breast Cancer: Your Questions Answered." Archbold physicians will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about breast cancer.

It's Ladies' Night Out at the Archbold Women's Center on Tuesday, October 18, from 5–7:30 pm. Women are invited to enjoy "Massages, Manicures and Mammograms": A complete ladies' night including pink champagne, pampering, health information and mammograms. Please call ahead to make your reservation and mammogram appointment.

National Mammography Day will be recognized on Friday, October 21. All women are encouraged to wear pink, and to make a mammography appointment at the Archbold Women's Center.

The 4th Annual "Run for a Cure" Coach Beeson 5k Walk/Run will be held at Greenwood Plantation on Saturday, October 22, at 9 am. This event is sponsored by the Brookwood School Cross Country Team. Donations benefit the Lewis HallSingletary Oncology Center Resource Center.

To register for October Archbold events, call (229)228-5140, or email allaboutyou@archbold.org. All events are free.

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