October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

           October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and different organizations are doing their part to raise awareness and encourage education among both women and men. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States each year. Approximately 1,910 new cases are expected in men. The ACS also reports that there were an estimated 40,610 breast cancer deaths in 2009 (40,170 women, 440 men). *
          In order to better educate women and men on prevention, detection, and diagnosis, St. John’s Hospital and the American Cancer Association is hosting a free two day lecture made possible through a grant from The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation. The Second Annual Pink Ribbon Lecture will be held at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 and Thursday, October 20, 2011.
         Jacqui White, Assistant Vice President and St. John’s Hospital Volunteer will be assisting in the organization of this week’s event. “By staying informed, we can save a life. I am looking forward to listening to the different doctors on the panel who will discuss everything from prevention to surgery,” says Jacqui.
Advanced reservations are required. Call 310-829-8453
*Information taken from www.nbcam.org