Centerpoint Medical Center
September 30, 2014

Centerpoint Medical Center

The numbers are sobering: In 2014, an estimated 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,570 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Sarah Cannon at Centerpoint Medical Centerpart of HCA Midwest HealthKansas City’s leading healthcare and cancer services providerwill host a Kick-off for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Survivor Breakfast from 6:30 - 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.  The event will include a pink flag-raising ceremony to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and remarks from breast cancer survivor Connie Smith.

WHO: Sarah Cannon at Centerpoint Medical Center 

WHAT: Kick-off for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Survivor Breakfast; interviews with survivor/physician available.

WHEN: 6:30 - 8 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014; pink flag-raising at 8 a.m. to honor those who have passed and those on the breast cancer journey. 

WHERE: Centerpoint Medical Center, 19600 East 39 St. S., Independence, Mo., 64057, East Auditorium

WHY: Connie Smith was 42 when she scheduled her regular screening mammogram in Oct. 2011.  She chose the date years before because she knew the festivities marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month would prompt her to schedule and follow-through.  Her physician’s office called with results and said although there was an 80 percent chance Smith’s mammogram was showing new breast calcifications, scheduled her for a biopsy. “That 80 percent sounds promising until you realize that 20 percent is really a big, scary number,” says Smith.

Following a cancer diagnosis in January 2012, Smith underwent a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy in February and radiation later that fall.  

Smith recalls the ordeal as overwhelming but credits meeting her oncologist as “the tide turning.” 

“During the very first appointment I thought although she just met me, she is already fighting for me.”

Smith says breast cancer isn’t in her family and she doesn’t know anyone with the disease.  

“I was certain it was never going to happen to me.”

Smith’s conscientious move to have a yearly mammogram likely saved her life.

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