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October News - Passport 55 provides a presentation about Breast Cancer Awareness.

NEWS RELEASE  -  October 9, 2017  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes ...787-5117

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a special program will be conducted by a breast cancer survivor at Passport 55, Thursday, October 19, at Roby Adult Center, 203 College Street, 10:00 a.m.

Alisha Ricker, breast cancer survivor states:  “In 2009 I heard those three words no one wants to hear…’You have cancer.’  I am a wife, mom, mimi, survivor, and blessed.  I will be sharing my journey through Triple Negative Breast Cancer and how my family, and friends made a difference in my life!”

Photo:  Alisha Ricker
Ricker is the Greene County Schools Family Resources Director and Homeless Education Program Coordinator and breast cancer survivor.  

Additionally, attendees will receive a packet of important educational information about breast cancer, which will include awareness, prevention, and early detection.

Three handsome tote bags and other items will be given away to those attending, compliments of Laughlin Center for Women’s Health.

Additionally there will be information on the “Yes, Mam!” program, a program of the Laughlin Health Care Foundation that focuses on a three-step program to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stage.

“Yes, Mam!” is an interactive program that provides monthly reminders of self-examination, a yearly clinical appointment, and mammography, as is age appropriate for the individual woman.  All support material of the “Yes, Mam!” program will be available, free-of-charge at the Passport 55 program.

According to Jesse Taylor, director of medical imaging at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, “We are Greeneville’s first accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, providing 3-D mammography, plus accredited breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, and stereotactic biopsy.  Our primary goal has always been to deliver the highest quality care for our patients with advanced technology and experienced compassionate staff to detect breast cancer in its early stages.  Early detection is one of the keys in successful cures of breast cancer.  We are pleased that Ms. Ricker, who was a patient at Laughlin, will be sharing her story at Passport 55 during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

Additionally, two featured books from the Health Information Library at Laughlin Memorial Hospital will be recognized as part of Passport 55.  The books are entitled, "Now What: A Patients Guide to Recovery after a Mastectomy” and “The Breast Cancer Companion.”  These books, along with over 450 other health-related books, can be checked-out at the Health Information Library, located in Laughlin Center for Women’s Health.  In addition to books, there are videos, magazines, newsletters, and other educational material on health-related issues available at the Health Information Library.  Selection and check-out are easy, just as at any library and membership is free.

The Passport 55 program is open to the public as a community service.  It is presented each month at Roby Adult Center by Laughlin Memorial Hospital in partnership with the adult center.

For additional information, contact the Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 787.5117.