Saint Francis participates in several activities to raise breast cancer awareness and provide free mammograms in Cape Girardeau. You can join us in raising awareness through participating in Pink Up and Dig For Life.
Saint Francis Medical Center launched Pink Up in 2010 to raise awareness of breast cancer in southeast Missouri. Our fundraiser, which runs concurrently Breast Cancer Awareness month every October, encourages Cape Girardeau residents to “pink up” their homes and businesses in support of the cause. Proceeds benefit Dig for Life.
Increasing Awareness of the Top Four Cancers in the Region
Support us and the community in the fight against breast, lung, colon and prostate cancer. Proceeds provide free cancer screenings to those in need throughout our region.
Womancare provides education, examinations, testing and breast cancer surgery and treatment through its state-of-art facility. Our dedicated multidisciplinary team of radiologists, breast surgeons, a breast medical oncologist and breast radiation oncologists contributes to the clinic’s ongoing success in fighting cancer. Womancare at Saint Francis Healthcare System is also staffed with one of the only fellowship-trained breast surgeons in the region.
This year, we brought mammograms directly to women in Southeast Missouri through our partnership with the University of Missouri and their mobile mammography van. We are dedicated to expanding Pink UpTM to raise awareness for the top four cancers that affect our five-state service area region: breast, lung, colon and prostate.
Saint Francis Healthcare System offers:
- Stereotactic breast biopsy, a minimally invasive way to biopsy a breast abnormality identified through mammography. Benefits include improved accuracy, faster recovery, minimal pain and discomfort, lower cost and lower complication rates compared with surgical biopsy.
- Free screenings and an increased ability to detect lung cancer in the early, more treatable stages for people aged 50-77, current smokers, those who have quit within the last 15 years, those with an extensive history of smoking, those who have not had a CT chest scan in the last year and those at risk of additional medical conditions.
- Regular screening for prostate cancer to diagnose at an initial stage. The new American Urological Association (AUA) guidelines for prostate cancer screening include:
- Men aged 40 to 54 who are at higher risk for prostate cancer (African-American men and men with a family history of prostate cancer)
- Men aged 55 to 69
- Men older than 70 who are in excellent health with a life expectancy of greater than 10 years
- Advanced surgery and sophisticated therapeutic radiation treatments to treat various forms of colon cancer. Over the past 15 years, the incidence of colon cancer has decreased – primarily because more people are undergoing screenings.
Our state-of-the-art Cancer Institute gives cancer patients a fighting chance. Our advanced oncology equipment, chemotherapy and imaging technologies, cancer research and team approach offer healing and hope.
Your business may qualify for a state tax credit! Businesses, or individuals with business income, donating $500 or more to Pink Up may apply for a 50 percent tax credit through the Saint Francis Foundation. The Foundation’s efforts to expand free cancer screenings for not only mammograms, but also for the other major types of cancer impacting our region, are supported by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program. For more information, call 573-331-3950.
Dig for Life
Southeast Missouri State University women’s volleyball coach Cindy Gannon founded Dig for Life in 2000 after breast cancer claimed her mother’s life. Dig for Life is a series of fundraisers that educate women in the region about the importance of early breast cancer detection through regular mammography screenings. Co-sponsored by Saint Francis, Southeast Missouri State University and funded by donors, the Dig for Life program has provided more than 3,500 mammograms to the community since
Each $100 raised provides a free mammogram for a Cape Girardeau woman who cannot afford this important screening. For more information, call 573-331-5209.