PIQUA — Many residents indulged themselves in a free breakfast Wednesday morning, all thanks to Premier Health/Upper Valley Medical Center.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the health facility held “Brake for Breakfast” at the Outpatient Care Center/North in Piqua, filling over 250 motorists’ bellies with food and filling their minds with breast health information, specifically the importance of regular mammograms. Also giving a hand were Upper Valley Career Center Project Search interns, who compiled nearly 300 handouts and breakfast packets and helped on site.
“Our Project Search interns were a tremendous help this year in helping to compile several hundred packets of educational materials and breakfast sacks,” Gail Peterson, spokeswoman for UVMC, said in an email. “This was the second year for UVMC to host a Brake For Breakfast event at our Outpatient Care Center/North in Piqua.”
There were about 30 hospital staff and volunteers who coordinated the event. Also in attendance were the MIX107.7 Morning Show crew, who were on hand to greet motorists and provide helpful information about breast cancer awareness to their listeners.
“The event coordination was very much a group effort,” Peterson said.
The American Cancer Society states that nearly 40,000 women die annually from breast cancer. A woman’s chances of survival are higher if the disease is detected early. Brake for Breakfast encouraged women 40 and older to get an annual mammogram and told their mothers, sisters, and daughters to do the same.
Premier Health offers medical imaging services at 11 locations throughout the region. In addition, their facilities offer 3D mammography, breast-specific MRI, PET/CT scans, ultrasound exams (including automated whole breast ultrasound), and image-guided biopsies performed with stereotactic technology, and MRI and ultrasound.
For women who have a personal or family history of breast cancer, high-risk breast centers with specialized nurses, genetic counselors, and other breast health experts are available to help develop a personalized plan to meet each woman’s unique needs. A mobile mammography coach is available at Premier Health, providing mammograms on-the-go.
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