The Good Shepherd Foundation has hosted its fourth annual (and biggest-yet) cancer-prevention-themed luncheon/fashion show to spread awareness and, to recognize east Texas area breast cancer survivors, and to assist Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) Breast Center. Funds raised through ticket sales and floral arrangements will pay for mammogram screenings for local women who might not otherwise be able to afford this life-saving procedure.
The event’s emcee was KLTV news anchor Anissa Centers, and the opening address came from GSMC Health System President/CEO Steve Altmiller. There was a short, video biography of Carol McKinney, who was the event’s featured cancer survivor. The color pink, representing the crusade versus breast cancer, was seen in abundance.
The Longview Professional Firefighters Association and the Pink Heals donated their time and labor as greeters and as the fashion show’s runway models displaying the most chic wares of such area stores and boutiques as Cavender’s, Dillard’s, La Promenade Boutique, Morgan Abbigail’s, Trendy Chicks and Women Health Boutique.
The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas has released the most recent available complete statistics for breast cancer in Texas. The vast majority of breast cancer victims are women, and these facts are sobering:
* In 2009 15,110 Texas women were diagnosed with the disease, which killed 2687 of them.
* On average breast cancer killed an average of 2524 Texans of both sexes from 2002-2006.
* From 2002-2006 white women had the highest incidence of breast cancer cases, but black women had the highest mortality rate.
* From 2002-2006 white and Hispanic women living along the Texas-Mexico border had lower incidence rates but higher mortality rates than white and Hispanic women living in the state’s interior counties.
* From 2002-2006 women living in urban areas suffered both higher incidence and mortality rates than those living in rural areas.
For information about the Good Shepherd Breast Center, please call
Contributing writer Kelly Bell
Story by Joycelyne Fadojutimi