As a nation we set aside this month of October to commemorate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Centerpoint we are dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 or 3 percent. However, death rates from breast cancer have been declining due to earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. Early detection of cancer is known to reduce mortality for cancers of the breast, colon, rectum, and cervix.

Centerpoint Medical Center is fortunate to be a part of the HCA Midwest Cancer Care Network. Midwest Cancer Care offers community-based outreach oncology sites throughout the region where patients can be seen and treated by Midwest Cancer Care specialists. These outreach sites offer services such as lab testing, infusion services, chemotherapy and other outpatient procedures so patients can undergo treatment close to home. The outreach sites’ affiliation with Midwest Cancer Care-accredited cancer hospitals ensures access to more specialized cancer services and technologies if needed.

Along with being part of an advanced cancer care network, Centerpoint has a Breast Center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Our Breast Center provides some of the most advanced diagnostic procedures available for detecting breast cancer. From industry-leading radiosurgeries that pinpoint hard-to-reach tumors, to minimally-invasive radiation treatments that target cancer cells and limit the exposure of healthy tissue, our physicians utilize the latest cancer care technology to diagnose and fight cancer on every front. Certified Genetic Counselors are on-site to advise patients on when genetic testing might be appropriate, interpret results and provide counsel on what to do with the information and results.

Centerpoint offers a complete range of services for cancer patients and their families. Once a diagnosis is made, every critical step is available all in one location. From screenings and diagnostics, surgery and hospital services, to advanced treatment technology; patients can rely on Centerpoint for comprehensive cancer care and treatment.

Centerpoint goes pink

There are many ways to promote awareness of breast cancer: by wearing pink, hosting fundraisers or doing a run/walk with friends. Throughout the month of October staff members at Centerpoint will execute Project Pink Gloves, wearing pink exam gloves in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Generation Pink exam gloves made by Medline help show patients our support for this important cause. By choosing Generation Pink gloves specifically, Medline will donate $1 of every case purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

As a major interior focal point of our hospital, the large etched glass sculpture in the main lobby has changed to a unified pink hue to reflect our theme for the month. The bright pink color welcomes guests and expresses our message of hope through this beautiful piece of art.

Centerpoint employees will also take part in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 26, at Liberty Memorial. The Centerpoint team will be raising funds throughout the month of October for cancer research.

Centerpoint encourages screening

Centerpoint Medical Center is emphasizing the importance of early detection and encouraging women to register online for screening mammograms. Centerpoint Medical Center will host additional mammogram screening sessions 8 – 11:30 a.m. every Saturday in October. (Screenings are also available Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) All participants must preregister by calling (816) 698-8112 or register online at Every woman who gets a mammogram screening in October will receive a complimentary breast cancer awareness bag with her screening. On Saturday, October 19, Aruna Rokkam, MD, medical oncologist and Centerpoint Medical Center’s leading breast specialist, will be available for questions from 9 – 10 a.m. in the Breast Center at Centerpoint Medical Center.