Saint Francis Healthcare System Foundation’s annual Pink Up™ campaign is ramping up its scope this year to highlight the top four causes of cancer-related deaths in our region: breast, prostate, lung and colon. We encourage you to join us in our efforts to promote the benefits of early detection screenings and catch these cancers while they are still treatable.
The primary focus of Pink Up™ and Dig for Life remains raising funds that help Saint Francis Healthcare System provide more than 400 free mammograms every year to women who otherwise cannot afford them. Since 2005, the campaigns have helped the Foundation provide more than 3,200 mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women in our five-state region. These mammograms are available at Womancare in the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, and at Black River Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.
Did you know that while 1 in 8 women have a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life, lung cancer remains the world’s No. 1 cancer killer? And in our region, men are 30 percent more likely than the national average to have a diagnosis of colon cancer? In addition, 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
We can minimize the deaths that result from these alarming numbers through early detection, which is where Saint Francis Foundation needs your help. In addition to your valued support during the Pink Up™ and Dig for Life campaigns, please help us spread the word about the value of early detection tests and screens, such as the PSA blood test for prostate cancer and a colonoscopy for colon cancer.
These types of cancers are very treatable and beatable when caught early. We are working to make resources available in the future to help those who need financial assistance for a variety of these tests.