Breast cancer survivors, fighters #PinkOut Chicago Bulls game

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Dozens of breast cancer survivors, fighters and family members from across Illinois, flanked by clinicians involved in their care, gathered to #PinkOut the Chicago Bulls preseason home game on October 10.

The evening marked the sixth consecutive year that Advocate Health Care and the Chicago Bulls joined together to promote breast cancer awareness and honor those impacted by the disease, which one in eight women will develop during her lifetime.

Breast cancer fighters and survivors dished out High-Fives to Bulls players as they exited the locker room, and formed a pink ribbon on the United Center court.

Dr. Heidi Memmel, medical co-director of the Caldwell Breast Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. and a breast cancer survivor herself, served as game ball presenter.

“Every two minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Dr. Memmel. “We’re here to show our support and celebrate the strength and courage of this fantastic group of fighters and survivors, who just by being here are prompting others do their self-breast exams, explore genetic testing and get their annual screenings.”

PinkOut events occur across the country and are an important way to spread education about breast cancer.

“One of the most meaningful ways we put our sports partnerships to work is by heightening awareness of the importance of prevention and early detection,” said Kelly Jo Golson, chief marketing officer of Advocate Aurora Health, of which Advocate Health Care is a part. “By collaborating with the Bulls to amplify this vital public health message, people across Chicagoland and beyond are reminded to get an annual screening mammogram or talk to their loved ones about it. That’s why we do this: to help people live well.”

The first line of defense against breast cancer starts at home. Women should perform a breast self-exam every month following your menstrual cycle. After menopause, perform a breast self-exam on a set day of each month.

A mammogram is the most effective tool for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages. Cancer specialists recommend that women have a baseline screening mammogram at age 40, with mammograms annually after age 40.

A screening mammogram is used to detect cancer early in women who have no symptoms and are due for a simple yearly evaluation – this includes women with breast implants.

Advocate Health Care is making breast cancer detection easier, faster and more reliable. Schedule your mammogram today for a same-day visit – and results – to provide quick answers to give you peace of mind or get you on the path to life

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Jacob Dirr

Jacob Dirr, health enews contributor, is a manager of system public affairs at Advocate Health Care. His careers spans health care, print journalism, municipal government, public safety and the U.S. Armed Forces. Originally a Cincinnati native, Dirr spent many years in Austin, Texas before moving to Chicago in 2018.