October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and organizations from Clay County and all around the nation are using October to spread awareness and celebrate survivors.
Here in Clay County, Public Health Nurse Sheryl Raybould, RN, has informational pamphlets and a bulletin board in her office available for Clay County Residents.
There will be 180,510 new diagnoses of breast cancer in the United States by the end of 2007, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Also, before the year is over, 40,910 people will die from the disease.
In 2004, it was estimated by the American Cancer Society (ACS) that 4,790 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the state of Indiana alone.
ACS recommends that all women over the age of 40 have annual mammograms. Also, the ACS recommends that women age 20-39 do monthly self-exams and annual clinical exams.
Other than St. Vincent Clay, there are three facilities in surrounding communities.
In Greencastle, Putnam County Hospital on South Bloomington Street has a mammography facility. They suggest making an appointment one week in advance.
There is a fee of $130 for the facility. To make an appointment, call 765-655-2612.
In Terre Haute, the Clara Fairbanks Center for Women and Terre Haute Regional Hospital have mammography facilities.
The center, located on North 7th Street, takes appointments from physician referrals 2-4 weeks in advance. The center has a $160 facility fee.
The Fairbanks Center can be reached at 812-238-7766.
Terre Haute Regional, located on South 7th Street, has appointments available in one day. The hospital has a $162 facility fee and a $70 interpretation fee.
Appointments can be made by calling 812-237-9464.
All three facilities accept Medicare.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots breast cancer awareness organization, is in its 25th year of advocating early detection, research and support for cancer patients and survivors.
The Komen foundation hosts fundraising events like Race for the Cure all over the world. Saturday, Oct. 6, is the date for the Terre Haute Race for the Cure, which will take place at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. To register, go to http://www.komenwabashvalley.org.
Communities holding races this month include Charlotte, N.C., Bologna, Italy, Texarkana, Texas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and many others.
Komen for the Cure will also release a State of Breast Cancer Report later this month, detailing research, screening, and treatment for the year.
Mammograms can be scheduled at St. Vincent Clay Hospital by calling 812-442-2560.
ACS has an Indiana Mammography Facility guide available that lists all the facilities in the state where mammograms can be performed and interpreted.