Paint Tusc Pink campaign scheduled for October

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The annual Paint Tusc Pink campaign kicked off Monday in Tuscarawas County with commissioners proclaiming October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The campaign is designed to draw attention to the importance of regular screening mammograms for the early detection and successful treatment of breast cancer.

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“Mammograms are essential for us to detect and identify cancer early so we can begin treatment,” Dr. Tom Rogers, president of Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, told the commissioners. “So that’s one of the things that we want to be able to do with Paint Tusc Pink is to be able to introduce screening and to think about breast cancer and the ability to be able to do those screenings early.”

Breast Cancer Awareness and Paint Tusc Pink Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for people to do preventative maintenance themselves, he said.

“Despite this, in Tuscarawas County, 62% of women reported having had a mammogram in their lifetime, and 71% of women 40 or older had a mammogram in the past two years. This is exceptional “, said Rogers.

Paint Tusc Pink is a free community program sponsored by Union Hospital Cleveland Community Health and Wellness and Union Hospital Regional Cancer Center, and is co-sponsored by Trinity Hospital Twin City, the Chamber of Commerce of Tuscarawas County and WJER Radio.

The campaign is approaching its 15th anniversary. Darrin Lautenschleger, corporate communications manager at Union Hospital, noted that when Paint Tusc Pink began, barely 50% of patients in Tuscarawas County were receiving preventative mammograms.

Commissioner Al Landis asked if the hospital should now catch up on breast cancer screening due to the pandemic.

“We think so, and not just with breast cancer screening,” Rogers replied. “We’re also thinking about other cancer screenings. In fact, we’ve noticed that our ER visits are down, or OR visits are down.”

Breast Cancer Awareness Events in Tuscarawas County

The hospital’s community health and wellness nurses will host a free breast cancer awareness program at the hospital on October 18 at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by Laura Meiler, the hospital’s general surgeon. Raena Beans, the hospital’s breast care coordinator, will also share information.

All attendees will receive a goody bag and light refreshments will be served. The event is limited to 50 attendees and registration is required by calling 330-602-0779.

Union Hospital serves as a point of contact for the popular Paint Tusc Pink yard signs that can be used in displays. There is no cost to participate.

Businesses, schools, and organizations setting up a display or simply wanting to have a Paint Tusc Pink sign can contact Union Hospital’s Community Relations Department at 330-365-3866 or email [email protected] .org.

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