MHLbannersmallOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Few if any of the healthcare-related calendar designations touch as many people and provide as much scope as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In fact, breast cancer awareness has gained a worldwide as well as a U.S. focus. Famous buildings and landmarks around the globe will be illuminated in pink lights and otherwise accented with pink, the now universal symbol of breast cancer.

Because of the broad range of support, October has also become the focal point for raising funds for breast cancer research and treatment as well as awareness.

breast-cancer-october_oIn the face of this immense outpouring of resources, human emotion and efforts related to breast cancer, is there still something left to do for each of us as individuals? Absolutely.

Join your team members, friends, neighbors, family and the community in support of fighting breast cancer:

Although breast cancer is a year-round issue, this special time in October offers some opportunities to get involved in a range of activities that support fund raising as well as education. Riverside is proud to sponsor the following events:

Women's Health Night, October 1, 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Brentwood Family Practice
Preventive care available includes clinical breast exams. Call (800) 520.7006 to register.

Breast Health Talk, October 10, 7:00 p.m. Riverside Cancer Care Center
Information for Women. Call (800) 520.7006 to register.

Petals for the Cure, October 5, Andersons Home and Garden Showplace, Newport News 
Registration 8:00 a.m. For more information go to

Run for the Hills, October 12, Warhill Nature Trail, Williamsburg
For more information go to

Komen Race for the Cure®, October 12, 1st Street Park in Virginia Beach, VA
Registration begins 7:00 a.m. For more information go to

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®, October 12, Mariners' Museum               
Registration begins 9:00 a.m. To register go to:

And don't forget to schedule your mammogram
The potential for early detection that mammography provides has led to current guidelines by the American Cancer Society, the federal government's National Cancer Institute and most major health organizations that recommend that women who are not at higher than average risk for breast cancer get yearly screening mammograms starting at age 40 and continue so for as long as they are in good health.

Keeping in mind that any health decision is a personal one that involves weighing risks and benefits and discussing any concerns you may have with your doctor, research and experience strongly recommend that you have regular screening mammograms if you're within the recommended age range.