Walk at Chehaw Park raises funds for breast cancer

Check presented to breast health center following Oct. 12 walk

ALBANY —One of the most recent efforts to help raise funds to battle breast cancer had an outcome to the tune of nearly $900, coordinators of a breast cancer walk held at Chehaw last month say.

Coordinators from the “Race for the Cure of Breast Cancer” held at Chehaw on Oct. 12 raised $889 to benefit breast cancer patients in Southwest Georgia, with proceeds going to the Carlton Breast Health Center based at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany. A check was presented earlier this week to the center by representatives from Chehaw BMX.

It is estimated by the American Cancer Society that, by the end of the year, there will have been about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women with about 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ — the earliest form of breast cancer.

Meanwhile, there are about 39,620 women who were expected to die this year from breast cancer.

The Carlton Breast Health Center has two locations, one on the fourth floor of Medical Tower II at Phoebe and another at One Meredyth Place located on Meredyth Drive. It is meant to serve as a breast health facility providing a full spectrum of prevention programs, education, diagnostics, treatment as well as social and emotional support for women throughout the region. Some of the procedures performed there include screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, stereotactic and ultrasound biopsies, needle localization, ductograms, cyst aspiration and bone scans to detect osteoporosis.

Considered just a few decades ago to be a surgical disease, there have been some advancements made in the treatment of breast cancer.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Dr. Tibor Gyorfi, an Albany pathologist and coordinator of the fundraiser ahead of the event. “This is not something we should (acknowledge) just one month out of the year, but this is a good time to remember. We are also thinking of those who lost their lives, but trying to stay positive.”

The event included running and walking events ranging from 1.25 miles to 2.5 miles in length, a BMX bicycle race, a raffle for a BMX bicycle, a tent for health screenings and activities for children. Officials are hoping to turn the event into an annual one.