On Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 a.m., Highland District Hospital will be kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by providing a free breakfast event for women.

“Brake for Breakfast" is a convenient drive-thru event that occurs at two junctures after entering the Fenner Avenue entrance of HDH.

Participants will be greeted by physicians and staff members of the Imaging Center and Cancer Care Services as they drive through.

At ‘Information Way,’ women will be handed a free continental breakfast to go. At ‘Pink Place,’ they will be given educational information about breast cancer, and a free gift.

Last year, more than 300 women participated in the event according to Dr. Regina Melink. She sates that the HDH staff is proud to partner with women to become “one less” breast cancer statistic.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is a little less than 1 in 8. Over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2013.

The Imaging Center at HDH is certified by the American College of Radiology. “We provide more than 4,000 mammograms each year, states Misty Campbell, RT, Imaging Center Coordinator. She and her staff are committed to providing women with the best imaging experience.

The staff of HDH would like to remind women that a screening digital mammogram can be scheduled, without a physician’s referral, by patients who are 35 years of age or older. Women must be symptom free, not pregnant or breast feeding.

Appointments can be made by calling the Imaging Center at 937.393.MAMMO (6266). Women with symptoms will need a physician referral for a diagnostic mammogram. We encourages women without health insurance to call our Patient Financial Services Coordinator at 937.840.6512 for no-cost digital mammogram eligibility (provided by the Komen Foundation). For more information about the Imaging Center of Cancer Care Services, log onto www.hdh.org.