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Parkland offers Breast Cancer Symposium, no-cost mammograms

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. September 30, 2019

During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Parkland Health & Hospital System will offer events throughout Dallas County to promote breast health and breast cancer awareness. Events will include breast health education for women ages 16 and up as well as no-cost mammogram screenings (ages 35 and up) to uninsured and underinsured women.

In addition, Parkland will host its annual “Come Together for the Cure” Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Light of the World Church of Christ, 7408 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas 75232. There is no cost to attend the symposium which will feature roundtable discussions with clinical experts and breast cancer survivors; gifts and raffle prizes; Continental breakfast and lunch. Presentations will be in both English and Spanish. The event also offers no-cost mammograms for those registering in advance. For more information or to RSVP, contact 214-266-4398 or email Vickie.Henry@phhs.org.

The no-cost mobile mammography sessions throughout Dallas County will be held during October from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m at the locations below. To register and ensure your eligibility for no-cost mammograms, please call 214-266-4398 or the contact person for the event you wish to attend.

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Singing Hills Baptist Church
6550 University Hill Blvd.
Dallas, 75241
Contact: Vickie Henry 214-266-4398

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
Light of the World Church of Christ
7408 S. Hampton Rd.
Dallas, 75232
Contact: Javier Gonzalez-Maese 214-266-0677

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
Binational Health Fair
Mountain View College
4849 W. Illinois Ave.
Dallas, 75211
Contact: Monica Moran 214-266-3059

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
Buckner Wynnwood-Family Hope Center
2006 Didsbury Circle
Dallas, 75224
Contact: Monica Moran 214-266-3059

Saturday, Oct. 26,2019
Spring Fellowship Church
817 Holcomb Rd.
Dallas, 75217
Contact: Jeff Howard 214-266-0514

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Moorland Family YMCA
907 E. Ledbetter Dr.
Dallas, 75216
Contact: Monica Moran 214-266-3059

Parkland provides breast health services annually for 30,000 individuals and diagnoses and treats hundreds of patients with breast cancer – volumes that greatly exceed most other area hospitals. Parkland treats 20 percent of all breast cancer cases in Dallas County.

“Early diagnosis is a key to survival,” said W. Phil Evans, MD, division chief of breast imaging at Parkland and UT Southwestern and director of the UT Southwestern Center for Breast Care. “We want to ensure that women in Dallas County know their risk factors, recognize early warning signs of the disease and have the opportunity to be screened to find cancer early.”

With advances in screening and treatment, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 40% since 1990. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 20% of all new cases in the U.S. are found in women younger than age 50. Most women should begin yearly screening with mammography at age 40, Dr. Evans said.


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