St. Luke Hospital drawing to support breast cancer fight

St. Luke Hospital will have a public drawing from Oct. 5-26 to help raise money and awareness during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Proceeds will go toward the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Tickets for the drawing will cost $2 and participants will be eligible to win prizes donated by local businesses.

The drawing will be Oct. 26 at the hospital?s front desk; winners need not be present.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker in honor of her sister, Susan, whom she witnessed fight the disease until her final days.

Brinker?s vision has helped the foundation become a global leader in the breast cancer awareness movement, raising more than $1 billion since its inception.

This October marks the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in addition to the drawing, St. Luke Hospital will provide brochures and information packets about the disease.

Women in their 20s and 30s are recommended to have a clinical breast exam at least every three years performed by a health expert with a regular check up.

Breast self-exams are encouraged as well, but have limitations. Women should check with their doctors for correct techniques and report to them any changes.

Clinical breast exams for women 40 and older are recommended every year.

For more information, contact Keri Richmond (620-382-2177) or Mike Norris (620-381-3444) at the hospital, or Marge Tajchman (620-382-3690) at Marion County Home Health Care.

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