The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center and ribbon sponsor Peak Vista Community Health Centers to bring you inspiring stories of local breast cancer survivors and a behind-the-scenes look at the care process from physicians, surgeons, nurses and volunteers throughout October.

Plan to see plenty of pink mixed in with the orange and black this October – also known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and time for The Gazette’s annual Think Pink campaign.

The Gazette is partnering with title sponsor Penrose-St. Francis Breast Care Center and ribbon sponsor Peak Vista Community Health Centers to bring you inspiring stories of local breast cancer survivors and a behind-the-scenes look at the care process from physicians, surgeons, nurses and volunteers. Penrose Cancer Center is part of the Centura Health Cancer Network, delivering advanced, integrated cancer care across Colorado and western Kansas.

“The Think Pink campaign is critical to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment,” said Andrea Sinclair, communications specialist at Penrose-St. Francis.

“Our hope is that by sharing the survivors’ stories, others will find comfort and encouragement in knowing they are not alone in their fight against breast cancer, and maybe also get some direction or guidance in regards to the treatment options available to them at Penrose Cancer Center.”

Penrose Cancer Center’s breast oncology program is the oldest and busiest of the multi-discipliary cancer care programs at Penrose. It is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers.

“The oncologists, nurses and cancer center teams at Penrose Cancer Center are armed with decades of relentless preparation and experience, combined with a deep commitment to uphold our mission to care for every aspect of our patients’ bodies, minds and spirits,” Sinclair said. Services extend beyond treating cancer to working toward prevention in our community. “Digital screening mammography is available at The Center for Women’s Imaging at Penrose Hospital in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.”

The American Cancer Society recommends women ages 40 and older have an annual screening mammogram. Penrose is offering a $99 mammogram special through the end of October. To schedule an appointment and receive a free gift and a bit of pampering, call 719-387-9245, option 2.

Join us this month in supporting local breast cancer survivors, physicians and caregivers. It’s time to Think Pink!

Pikes Peak Newspapers, Editor

Hannah Blick has lived in the Pikes Peak region for six years. She studied journalism at Kansas State University and enjoys biking, skiing and hiking in the Rockies.

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