Audubon County Advocate Journal

MANNING - With fall officially here, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – held annually in October – is just around the corner.

This year, Manning Regional Healthcare Center (MRHC) will host several new events aimed at increasing awareness and spreading the message that early detection is the best protection.

“We wanted to take a more community-wide approach this year with our education and focus on the full spectrum of prevention that impacts a woman’s mind, body and soul,” said Jackie Blackwell, RN, Director of Quality and Patient Advocacy at MRHC.

Area businesses will help spread the breast cancer awareness message with “Pink Out” promotions and window displays September 30-October 5. There will also be a “Pink Out” themed walk, in connection with Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, beginning at the front doors of MRHC at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

However, the highlight will be a special “Women Supporting Women” new event on Saturday, Oct. 5, at MRHC. The fun affair, geared toward women of all ages, will feature a community-wide fitness class, large vendor fair, workshops, and hospital department tours.

“Statistics still show that 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” said Blackwell. “So it’s important for us at MRHC to continually work at increasing awareness of what symptoms to look for, and what risk factors contribute to breast cancer. By providing fun activities, and a unique shopping experience, we’re also using this event to mix in that message of the importance of regular mammograms and healthy lifestyle choices.”

“Women Supporting Women” will kick off with a special workout, led by Jenny Wiebers, from 7-8 a.m. on the MRHC lawn. All fitness levels are welcome.

Shortly after the workout ends, department tours and the vendor fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon inside the hospital. Tours will include Senior Life Solutions, Physical Therapy, Radiology; Mammography, Surgery Services, Recovery Center, Restorix Wound Care and Infusion Bays.

Workshops for women, provided by women, will be held between 9 a.m. and Noon in the hospital conference rooms. Topics and speakers include, “Women’s Health – What to Expect,” by Hope Jensen, ARNP, CDE; “Designing the Perfect Arrangement,” by Kristina Lupardus; “Curling Class,” by Angel Mundt; and “Balancing Life and Healthy Eating,” by Jenny Wiebers.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was established in October 1985 to raise awareness and gain funding for research for a cure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is the second most common cancer among women in the United States.

Unfortunately, in Iowa in 2016, there were 2,496 new cases of breast cancer in women. For every 100,000 women, 129 breast cancer cases were reported. The same year, there were 414 women who died of breast cancer.

Mammograms can detect cancer early – when it is most treatable – before a lump can be felt or symptoms experienced. Most insurance companies cover mammograms for women aged 40 and older.

Appointments can be made without a physician referral. To schedule your mammogram at MRHC, call 655-2072.

For more information about MRHC’s special breast cancer awareness events, contact Blackwell at 655-2072, or email