Uvalde Memorial Hospital to Host Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event on October 13

Four informational sessions offered throughout the day

On October 13, the Uvalde Memorial Hospital (UMH) Radiology department will host its annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event in the Holmgreen Conference Room at four different times during the day.   The morning sessions will take place at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., and the afternoon sessions will be held at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Guests will be treated to a short information session hosted by the Radiology department about the importance of getting a mammogram, as well as information about the procedure.  Guests will also be treated to refreshments, giveaways, and door prizes.  They will also have an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered by members of the UMH staff.

All guests will be registered to win a free mammogram.  Four mammograms will be given away total, and one will be given away at each session.  Winners need to be present to win.

During the 9:00 a.m. session, Uvalde Medical and Surgical Associates’ general surgeon, Dr. Sandra Boenig, will be on-hand to talk about the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and will be able to answer any general questions the guests may have.  Dr. Boenig specializes in breast surgery, including biopsies and mastectomies, enabling Uvalde and surrounding area residents to get necessary procedures done closer to home.  

The event has been Radiology’s signature event throughout the years, and this year, the department decided to change the event up a bit.  “In years past, it has been more of a ‘come-and-go’ type of event, and that worked well.  However, this year, we decided to add a more personal element.  We think it’s important for us to personally deliver the message about the importance of getting a mammogram.   Our staff is dedicated to communicating the importance of early detection, and we thought the annual event would be a perfect time to do so,” Radiology Director Ralph Gonzalez said.  

Dr. Boenig echoes Gonzalez’s and the Radiology staff’s strong feelings about early detection.

            “About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and catching it as early as possible improves the chances of survival significantly,” Dr. Boenig said. 

An added benefit of attending the event is the reduction of anxiety experienced before getting a mammogram.  Gonzalez also noted that knowing who will care for a patient during a procedure, as well as information about the procedures itself, can help relieve some of the patient’s anxiety. The Radiology staff is always ready to do what they can to help a patient be as comfortable as possible.

“We’re excited to get out there and meet and talk to our community.  We’re excited to share our stories and past experiences with them, as well as hear about their thoughts and concerns, Gonzalez said.

For more information about the event, please call Iris Jimenez at (830) 278-6251 ext. 1152 or Ralph Gonzalez at (830) 278-6251 ext. 1460 or visit www.umhtx.org