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OVMC to Mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2013
By SCOTT McCLOSKEY - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - The Ohio Valley Medical Center will host several events throughout the month of October in conjunction with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, according to Jane Kessler, oncology nurse navigator for the hospital.

Kessler said while Pink Power Night is a monthly women's health program held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Nurses Residence Auditorium, the event scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8, will celebrate the first anniversary of Pink Power Night at the OVMC. Nationally recognized motivational speaker Dale Smith Thomas will be the keynote speaker for the event.

"This is a big deal because it's one year that we've been doing Pink Power ," said Kessler , who said the event also is being held in recognition of of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. "This is actually celebrating all breast cancer survivors."

The program includes a Free Women's Expo with health screenings and local business woman sharing their passions, including an education portion with great healthy lifestyle information for women of all ages.

"In addition to that we are doing outreach. At the end of October we are having a colon/rectal (cancer) screening clinic up in North Wheeling. We are really excited about that for the community," Kessler added.

She said while they don't have a time scheduled for the clinic, it will be held Oct. 28, at the North Wheeling Community Center.

Kessler said OVMC has a nationally credentialed breast center where they handle everything from testing, to diagnosis, to treatment, to survivorship.

"We go all the way through the cancer continuum," she said while commenting about The Center for Breast Care at OVMC.

Kessler said while they are concerned with breast cancer every day and offer many of their programs on a monthly basis, October has become the month "to grab attention."

"It's a month to get attention. ... We do what we do every day, but it is a month to get attention," she commented.

In addition, Kessler said the OVMC partners with Wheeling Hospital on a rotating monthly basis to offer the "Look Good, Feel Better Program," presented by the American Cancer Society.

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