PUBLISHED: 6:05 PM on Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Sitka plans Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities
SITKA - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate the month the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Breast and Cervical Health Program, Sitka Community Hospital, Brenner's Fine Clothing and Gifts, the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society and other groups are teaming up to host several breast cancer awareness events in Sitka.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity. If caught early, breast cancer is very treatable. Women can reduce their risk for getting breast cancer through regular health screenings and a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about breast cancer, go to

Highlighting the month's activities will be:

• A free women's health clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. This is a clinic for busy women ages 18-64 with limited income or no health insurance. The clinic takes place at Planned Parenthood of Alaska's Sitka Health Center, 514 Lake St.. The health exam includes breast, Pap test and cardiovascular screenings. This event is sponsored by the SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health and WISEWOMAN programs and Planned Parenthood of Alaska. To make an appointment or ask questions, call the PPA Sitka Health Center at 747-3883.

• The inaugural "Hope Floats Cruise and Chocolate Extravaganza Auction" from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. This event is a three-hour cruise donated by Allen Marine, in conjunction with Sitka Community Hospital. Proceeds benefit the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society and the Sitka Community Hospital Infusion Department. Tickets are $40 and available at the Sitka Community Hospital Radiology Department. For more information, contact Ronda at 747-1727.

• The Sitka Community Hospital Mammography Department Dedication from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. This event is being held in conjunction with National Mammography Day, and Sitka Community Hospital will hold an open house to showcase its recently installed digital mammography equipment. This is the final step in achieving a "filmless" department.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Ronda at 747-1727.