One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime we have 27 women employed at Mercy Care Tama.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity. When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.
Mercy in Cedar Rapids recently held it's annual Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer, which the proceeds go towards helping to support free mammograms and other breast-care services to individuals in need through the Especially for You fund.
MercyCare Tama observed Pink Week with staff wearing something pink each day and topping it off on Friday, Oct. 25, with “wearing as much pink as they could.” Staff members said they had patients question why they were wearing so much pink and it gave them the opportunity to educate patients about breast cancer and the importance of annual screenings, self breast exams and preventative care such as yearly physicals with your medical provider. Taking part in Pink Week on Friday were (seated, left to right) Nina Anderson, Laura Ibanez, Jamie Kendall and Heather Cooper. ((Standing, l-r) Janea Hillier, Sherri Vesely, Emily Nunez, Amy Doyle, Fabiola Gonzalez, Tolly Van Dyke, Elizabeth Chavarria, Jillisa Kopsa and Amanda Jones. News-Herald/John Speer
Employees from Mercy Care Tama participated in this year's race. Many of MercyCare Tama's patients have benefited from the Especially for You fund.
Mercy in Cedar Rapids allows easy access for patients to get their mammograms by providing a mobile unit that comes to Tama and Toledo once a month.
The employees at MercyCare Tama came up with the "THINK PINK WEEK" idea.
THINKPINK WEEK ran from Oct. 21-25. Each day the staff wore something pink. lt varied from accessories such as pink lipstick and nail polish to some more extreme pink items such as pink hair.
On Friday, Oct. 25, the staff was challenged to wear as much pink as they possibly could. There were prizes awarded for the two staff members that had the most pink.
We did have patients question why we were wearing so much pink, it gave us the opportunity to educate patients about breast cancer and the importance of annual screenings, self breast exams, and preventative care such as yearly physicals with your medical provider.
THINK PINK WEEK at Mercy Care Tama will return in 2014!