In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff at Saint Vincent Clinic set aside a day earlier this month for their third annual “Think Pink” event.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, staff at Saint Vincent Clinic set aside a day earlier this month for their third annual "Think Pink" event.
They dedicated Oct. 11 to providing clinical breast exams, Pap exams, and vouchers for free mammograms for patients who qualify. The clinic partnered with Early Detection Works, a state-run program that pays for these screenings for women who are age 40 or older and meet the program qualifications. Throughout the course of the day, 14 patients were served, according to Debbie Sparks, Saint Vincent development associate.
"I am very pleased with what we accomplished on our 'Think Pink' day," said Delores Woodard, nurse practitioner at Saint Vincent Clinic. "We encouraged our patients to take time out of their busy schedules for life-saving preventative health care and they responded in a very positive way."
Saint Vincent Clinic serves Leavenworth County residents who do not have health insurance and whose income is 175 percent or less of federal poverty guidelines. For a one-person household, this amount is $19,057 per year.
According to Saint Vincent Clinic, one out of every eight women will get breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. However, when detected in the early or localized stages, breast cancer can be successfully treated or cured in as many as 98 percent of cases.
When the patients entered the clinic Oct. 11, they were greeted by staff dressed in pink and offered healthy refreshments. Patients were asked to enter a drawing for one of several door prizes, which were donated by local supporters. At the conclusion of their appointments, they were presented pink goodie bags filled with healthy snacks and other items, according to Sparks.
She said clinic officials plan to continue the annual event.
"We'll do it each October," she said.
Clinic patients who missed the Oct. 11 "Think Pink" screening day can call the clinic for other appointment options. People also can contact Saint Vincent Clinic to learn more information about becoming a patient or to support the clinic. The phone number is 913-651-8860.