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Putting Community in the Pink

Area Residents Invited to Learn More About Breast Health by Attending Forum

Oak Lawn, Illinois — In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center and the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care are hosting the campus’ annual Paint the Town Pink event for women who are interested in learning more about breast health. Pink is the international color for breast cancer awareness.

The free community program, to be held Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Christ Medical Center Auditorium on Kilbourn Avenue between 95th and 93rd streets in Oak Lawn, will feature keynote speaker, Roz Varon, traffic reporter on WLS-TV (Channel 7) in Chicago and a breast cancer survivor herself.  Varon will share her personal journey with breast cancer – from diagnosis to survivorship.  She recently announced that, after being in remission for seven years, she has been diagnosed with stage-zero ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a non-invasive form of cancer.

Paint the Town Pink comes on the heels of a recent finding, highlighted in the Journal of the America Medical Association (JAMA), suggesting that breast cancer diagnoses have increased for younger women. Breast cancer is currently the second most common cancer in women.

“While the long-term prognosis for breast cancer outcomes has improved, early detection remains a key factor for receiving the best outcomes,” said Barbara Krueger MD, medical director of the breast cancer program at Christ Medical Center. 

In addition to meeting Roz Varon, Paint the Town Pink participants will have an opportunity to attend two of four breakout sessions, which will be led by various health care professionals from Christ Medical Center. Topics include:

  • Late- and Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment – Gary Steinecker, MD
  • Everything You Want to Know About Breast Cancer from A-Z – Adam Riker, MD
  • Survivor Strengthening – Barbara Fuller
  • Fashion Tips to Feel Fabulous – Pat Kwasigroch

Advocate Health Care, recognizing the importance of early detection, recently announced a new initiative giving women the opportunity to schedule same-day mammography screenings without a referral from a primary care physician. 

More information regarding the Paint the Town Pink event or other health programs at the medical center is available by calling 1-800-323-8622 (1.800.3.ADVOCATE) and referring to event code 1C35.

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About Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advocate Christ Medical Center is part of Advocate Health Care, which is one of the nation’s leading health care networks.  A not-for-profit, 694-bed, premier teaching institution with more than 1,000 affiliated physicians, Christ Medical Center is a leader in health care and one of the major referral hospitals in the Midwest in a number of specialties, including cardiovascular services, heart and kidney transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics and women’s health. The hospital also has one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in Illinois providing emergency care for more than 90,000 patient visits annually and is a leader in breakthrough technologies, including eICU® (electronic intensive care unit) monitoring, robotic da Vinci Surgery System® and CyberKnife® Radiosurgery.  In both 2012 and 2013, the medical center was named to the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®, while U.S. News & World Report ranked the medical center among the nation’s leading providers for cardiology and heart surgery and for geriatric medicine and ranked it fourth overall among hospitals in the state of Illinois. The hospital is also recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Magnet Center. Magnet status represents the highest honor in the nursing profession. To obtain more information or to visit our newsroom, log on to:


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