1. Schedule a mammogram by calling 706-705-5111
2. Encourage the women in your life to get a mammogram.
4. Give our Real Men a high-five when you see them sporting pink
5. Attend a “Pink Out” football game Friday, Oct. 23 – Pickens vs. Heritage; 7:30 p.m.; Pickens High School Friday, Oct. 30 – Gilmer vs. Pickens; 7:30 p.m.; Gilmer High School
Every October, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital engages men in Pickens and Gilmer county in the annual Real Men Wear Pink campaign. These community members become ambassadors in the fight against breast cancer by encouraging women to get mammograms.
This year, four men have stepped out in pink to raise awareness. They include Tony Pritchett, Gilmer County fire chief; Kirk Garner, Ace Hardware; Alan Davenport, ETC; and Allen Wigington, Chief Magistrate Judge of Pickens County.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is about 1 in 8. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer such as mammograms save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women took advantage of these tests.
To schedule a mammogram, call 706-705-5111.