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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women, and it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Each year, it is estimated that more than 220,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.

Each year, the U.S. recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as part of an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year, St. David’s HealthCare facilities hosted a handful of events, including:

  1. St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, as well as St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, recently held balloon release ceremonies to honor patients and survivors. White balloons were released to honor patients who have lost their lives to breast cancer, and pink balloons were released to celebrate the lives of those who have survived.
  2. St. David’s South Austin Medical Center hosted a “Pink Putt for the Cure” event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Austin. Employees donated $5 per game to receive 10 pink golf balls to “putt” on a putting green at the facility.
  3. On Nov. 15, St. David’s HealthCare team members will walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Austin. Please visit our Facebook page for photos after the event.

The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman’s chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. We encourage women to schedule a mammogram and/or to learn about the importance of breast cancer screenings. For more information, please contact the Breast Center at St. David’s Medical Center at (512) 544-8800 or St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center at (512) 901-1050.

The Williamson County Sun recently shared news about the balloon release at St. David’s Georgetown Hospital.

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