Howard Cancer Center Focuses on Early Detection During Breast Cancer Awareness Month


By Amber Ravenell
Howard University News Service

WASHINGTON – Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the United States.  In recognition of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Howard University Cancer Center is planning several activities to engage the community in the fight against this deadly disease.

The Cancer Center will have information tables each Wednesday in the front lobby of the Howard University Hospital where visitors can make donations that will help battle breast cancer. For a $2 donation, donors will receive a pink ribbon lapel pin, the symbol for breast cancer awareness. For a $5 gift, donors will receive the lapel pin and two entries into a drawing to receive one of two themed gift baskets.

One basket, the Breast Cancer Awareness Basket includes pink travel mugs, pink ribbon holiday cards, a $10 gift card and a Brookstone pink spa bathrobe and slippers. The other gift basket is a Christmas-themed basket containing an assortment of items to prepare for the holidays. All proceeds will go to the Howard University Cancer Center Mammoday free breast cancer screening program for uninsured and underinsured area residents and to patient support services.

The Cancer Center is also working with Washington-area churches to host Pink Ribbon Sunday events throughout the month to raise awareness. Churches participating in Pink Ribbon Sundays can select from a range of activities provided by the Cancer Center, such as receiving educational materials to distribute during their services, breast cancer awareness messages to post in church bulletins and scheduling speakers to talk about breast cancer. The services will also be available on Saturdays. 

For more information about the Cancer Center Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities and to obtain raffle tickets contact Community Services at the Cancer Center at 202.865.5399.  To schedule an appointment for our monthly Mammoday, please call 202.806.7697

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