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October is Breast Cancer Awareness

BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Corinth's local hospital is doing their part to increase awareness of the disease.

In addition to a month long discount on mammograms, offered through Magnolia Regional Health Center, the hospital charity arm will host a fun and informative event.

Paint it PINK Breast Cancer Awareness Pumpkin Painting Party and Brunch presented by the Magnolia Foundation is set for Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club. The one hour event is free to attend, but registration is required. A T-shirt will also be available for pre-purchase.

"In the past, the foundation has hosted an all-day luncheon, but this year we are doing something more fun and interactive," said Tracy Moore, the foundation's executive director and MRHC's executive assistant to the CEO. "Everyone will eat a nice bunch, hear an inspirational speaker or two and paint pumpkins -- it will be a great day."

Moore said the speaker will focus on mental wellness, which she said is important for those experiencing breast cancer or for those who are touched by someone who is.

They are also trying to appeal to a younger audience -- women 35 to 40 years of age.

"The event combines a informative session with a fun way for people to express themselves" said Moore. "Seating is limited however, so pre-registration is key."

To continue with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MRHC is also offering a reduced rate for mammograms said Moore. "It's a self scheduling mammogram," she said. "People can schedule it with the hospital and have it done for just $65. At registration, the person can request the results of the test be sent to their doctor of choice. It's a time saver and a money saver."

The 3D mammograms are available at a discounted rate through the end of the month. The patient must be 35-years-old or older with no current breast issues. To schedule a $65 mammogram, contact MRHC at 662-293-1026. For more information on the foundation or to register for the paint party, visit mrhc.org.