Highland News Leader

St. Joseph’s Hospital plans awareness Breast Cancer Awareness event

This October, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In recognition of this observance, St. Joseph’s Hospital will be sponsoring its third Annual “Girls Night Out for Breast Cancer Awareness” special event on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Women & Children’s Center, which is located on the first floor of the hospital. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Those attending the event can have their regular mammography screening scheduled to be performed during the time of the event by calling (618) 651-2790. A limited number of mammography screenings will be conducted for those who call in advance to schedule them during the event. Those who have mammography screenings during the event, as well as during the entire month of October, will receive a special gift from St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Medical Imaging Department.

Dr. Anthony Sodd, M.D., a board-certified interventional radiologist and member of the St. Joseph’s Hospital medical staff, will be on hand to speak to event attendees regarding their digital mammography screenings performed that evening.

Girls Night Out attendees can also sign up to win a free spa treatment.

In addition, event participants can take a tour of the Women & Children’s Center in the new St. Joseph’s Hospital. The Women & Children’s Center offers the following services geared specifically toward women:

▪ Digital mammography,

▪ Ultrasound,

▪ Bone Density,

▪ Stereotactic breast biopsy,

▪ Newborn/Parenting classes, and

▪ Breastfeeding classes.

Even if it’s not time for your regular mammography screening, bring a family member or friend and learn more about breast health and additional women’s health care services available at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

About breast cancer

About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women.

The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. Specifically, it’s recommended for women 40 years of age and older to complete a yearly mammography.

Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.