Menorah Medical Center September 18, 2018

WHO: Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and breast cancer care provider.

WHAT: Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its annual PINK Party, which will include walk-in 2D and 3D mammograms. Menorah Medical Center oncologists and nurse navigators will give mini-education sessions on breast health. Vendors include Oliver’s Hair Salon, Advanced Aesthetics Med Spa, Clair de Lune Lingerie, Coki Bijoux Jewelry and Male Breast Cancer Coalition, among others. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks, massages, nail art, pink hair extensions, shopping, pampering and more.

WHEN: 4 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

5:00 p.m. Educational Session with Breast Center Nurse Navigators on breast health tips

5:20 p.m. Susan Mixdorf, Inspirational Survivor Story

5:25 p.m. Introduction of Kayla Barnard, M.D., board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgeon, Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center team, by Dr. Stephanie Graff, M.D., board-certified and fellowship- trained, internal medicine and hematology-oncology

5:30 p.m. Ceremonial Eco-Friendly Balloon Release

WHERE: Menorah Medical Center, 5721 West 119th St., (119th St. & Nall), Entry B, Overland Park, Kan., 66209

COST: Free and open to the public.

WHY: Hundreds of breast cancer survivors and their families and friends are expected to attend the PINK Party, one of Kansas City’s most popular events to help raise awareness about breast cancer and support those going through the cancer journey and survivors of the disease. 

“Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the Menorah Medical Center campus is an opportunity to remind the community of importance of early detection and offer experts and convenient mammogram screenings,” says Menorah Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Charles Laird. “Our Pink Party remembers those who have passed, celebrates survivors, provides education and reinforces to women—and even men—to stay on top of their health screenings.”

Dr. Graff echoes the importance of screenings and also providing cancer patients and caregivers with trusted information designed to help them partner with their provider to receive the best care possible.

“Annual mammograms can detect cancer early, when it is most treatable,” Dr. Graff says.  “In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Menorah’s Pink Party is a great time to bring a group of friends or family members to get a mammogram and enjoy a night of inspiration.”

Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center provides access to innovative clinical research trials, tumor profiling and genetic counseling. STRIVE, a study sponsored by Grail, Inc., is seeking 120,000 women undergoing screening mammograms across participating sites, including the two Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute locations at Menorah Medical Center and Centerpoint Medical Center. The simple blood test can enhance mammography screenings by identifying genetic material arising from tumors to help discover breast cancer at its earliest stages.

Fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, The Breast Center at Menorah Medical Center, part of Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center, provides comprehensive breast care from prevention and screening to diagnosis, treatment and survivorship care. This prestigious, all-encompassing accreditation recognizes research-based standards of care and quality initiatives as well as physician leadership and vision. Only those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care, and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review, receive NAPBC accreditation. This designation indicates that The Breast Center at Menorah is among the nation’s best comprehensive breast centers.

For more information on Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Menorah Medical Center and the STRIVE study, visit MenorahMedicalCenter.com.