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Harris Breast Center sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness events

Harris Breast Center sponsors Breast Cancer Awareness events

Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are taking a stand against breast cancer. All women — mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends — should know their risk, recognize the signs and symptoms and understand the importance of self-checks and early detection. 

Throughout October, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will join hundreds of other businesses, organizations, celebrities and professional athletic teams in celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Launched in 1985 through a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness and help fight the disease through early detection: 

• The annual Tree of Hope celebrations will be held virtually due to COVID-19 throughout the month of October at Harris Breast Center in Sylva, Swain Community Hospital, and Harris Medical Park of Franklin. While visiting any of these locations, everyone is invited to place a card on the tree in memory or in honor of someone facing cancer of any kind. The tree will be on display through the end of October. The opportunity to place a card on the tree will be available throughout the month. A virtual card option is available to fill out at MyHarrisRegional.com/breast-center/tree-of-hope. A team member will place a card on the Tree of Hope for online submissions.

• Patients can conveniently schedule a mammogram during special events at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. Carol Van Cleve, the hospitals’ Breast Care Nurse Navigator, will be stationed in the front lobby of Harris from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 14, in the lobby of Harris Breast Center at the Medical Office Building from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and in Swain’s lobby from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

• A Breast Cancer Support Group meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Medical Office Building located at 98 Doctors Dr., Sylva. A Swain Community Hospital Support Group meeting will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the lunchroom of Swain Community Hospital. Attendees must wear a mask. 

• A Breast Cancer Walk will take place Oct. 29 at the Harris Medical Office Building located at 98 Doctors Dr, Sylva. Details around time to come. Visit the events tab at MyHarrisRegional.com/Events to learn more.

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Like most cancers, early detection of breast cancer is key to successful treatment and recovery. So if you are over the age of 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, and have never had a mammogram, call 844.414.DOCS today to schedule your baseline scan. And once you start, don’t stop. Perform monthly self-exams, and no matter how busy life gets, make time for your annual mammogram. It could save your life.

3D mammography is available at Harris Regional Hospital while Swain Community Hospital and Harris Medical Park of Franklin both offer digital mammograms. Both facilities will offer 3D mammography later this year. The breast care experts at Harris Breast Center suggest that women over 40 years of age get a mammogram once a year to aid in the earliest possible detection of breast cancer.

To schedule a mammogram, call the Harris Regional Hospital Scheduling Department at 828.586.7950 to schedule. Learn more at myharrisregional.com/breast-center.

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