Dance Video Gets Adventist Midwest Health Employees Moving to Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer Screenings

Sep 27, 2011, 11:52 ET from Adventist Midwest Health

BOLINGBROOK, Ill., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip hopping nurses?  Break dancing doctors?  Talented healthcare workers can now be seen in a brand new dance video created earlier this year by employees of the Breast Centers at Adventist Midwest Health.  Posted on YouTube (www.youtube.com/AdventistMidwest) and the Adventist Midwest Health website (www.keepingyouwell.com), the viral video was created to raise awareness for annual mammograms during October, the 25th annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It encourages women to call 630-856-7070 to make a mammogram appointment.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less than one in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about one in 35. Breast cancer death rates have been going down which is attributed to early diagnosis and improved treatment. Currently, there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

It is because of these statistics that nurses, physicians and administrative staff from all four suburban Chicago Adventist Midwest Health locations teamed up to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of yearly mammograms. Dancing to the karaoke version of the popular Taio Cruz song "Higher" in the lobby of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, more than 100 employees picked up the beat to create the inspiring dance video.

"We loved the pink glove video that was created several years ago for breast cancer awareness and wanted to do one ourselves," explains Jeannine Arias, Clinical Director, Breast and Oncology Services, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.  "We are passionate about getting women screened because we see the life-saving benefits of early diagnosis.  Hopefully, this video will get women's attention and they will book an annual mammogram."

In addition to the video, Adventist Midwest Health has other activities planned for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, including a Pink Ribbon Art Contest, during which children and adults are invited to submit a piece of art that is related to breast cancer awareness. For more information, visit www.keepingyouwell.com/pinkart.

Each hospital will hold pink tree lighting ceremonies on Thursday, Sept. 29, to remember breast cancer victims and commemorate cancer survivors. During the event, hospital officials will announce the winners of the Pink Ribbon Art Contest. Adventist Midwest Health is also offering a series of seminars about breast cancer throughout the month of October.  

Background

Adventist Midwest Health hospitals include: Adventist Bolingbrook, Adventist GlenOaks, Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals.  Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

SOURCE Adventist Midwest Health