It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Mammo?

September 30, 2016

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Do You Mammo?

Sponsored by Carol Vancleave, BSN, RN, ONS, AONN

In 2016, more than 246,000 American women will develop invasive breast cancer – that’s one in eight women. They will become part of more than 2.8 million people who are living with a history of breast cancer, whether that means they are currently in treatment or have completed treatment. While breast cancer incidence rates have been declining since the year 2000, those numbers remain too high.

At Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital, we are taking a stand against breast cancer. We want all of the women in our communities – our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends – to know their risk, to recognize the signs and symptoms, and to understand the importance of self-checks and early detection. 

Throughout October, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital will join hundreds of other businesses, organizations, celebrities and professional athletic teams in celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Launched in 1985 through a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness and help fight the disease through early detection. We’re doing our part by offering a number of services and programs:

  • The annual Tree of Hope celebration will be held 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 7 on the first floor of Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive in Sylva. Speakers Eric Reitz, MD with Harris Surgical Associates, breast cancer survivors, and the breast care nurse navigator Carol Van Cleve, RN. Everyone is invited to place a card on the tree in memory or in honor of someone facing cancer of any kind. The tree will be on display through the end of October. The opportunity to place a card on the tree will be available throughout the month.

  • Patients can conveniently schedule a mammogram during special events at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital. Van Cleve, the hospitals’ breast care nurse navigator, will be stationed in the front lobby of Harris on October 4th and Swain on October 11th to schedule anyone for a mammogram. 8 Am – Noon

  • Community outreach during the month of October will include breast care presentations by Van Cleve and Dr. Eric Reitz.

And we are asking a very important question, “Do you mammo?”

Like most cancers, early detection of breast cancer is key to successful treatment and recovery. So if you are over the age of 40 or have a family history of breast cancer, and have never had a mammogram, call 844.414.DOCS today to schedule your baseline scan. And once you start, don’t stop. Perform monthly self-exams, and no matter how busy life gets, make time for your annual mammogram. It could save your life.

To learn more about any of our programs or services, or to schedule a mammogram, call Harris Regional Hospital at (828) 586-7000 or visit or

About Harris Regional Hospital & Swain Community HospitalHarris Regional Hospital, established in 1925, is an 86-bed acute and specialty care facility serving Western North Carolina with more than 100 physicians practicing in locations throughout a multi-county region, including Harris Regional Hospital Medical Park of Franklin, an outpatient facility in Macon County.

Swain Community Hospital, established in 1950, is a 48-bed Critical Access Hospital serving a multi-county region with primary care, emergency medicine and subspecialty care including a pain clinic and a transitional care unit. Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital began an affiliation in 1997 and joined Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014.

About Duke LifePoint HealthcareDuke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.