New Horizons Behavioral Health Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness
Beginning on October 1, New Horizons Behavioral Health has been in full pink-out mode. Breast Cancer Awareness is the topic and everyone is engaged in the conversation. From clinics and offices decorating lobbies and doors in the Think Pink theme to the Transportation Fleet sporting Pink Magnetic Ribbon Decals on vehicles, everyone is Thinking Pink and promoting Breast Cancer Awareness.
For more than 30 years, October has been observed as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 40,000 women and 2,000 men annually are diagnosed with the disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show. Early detection and diagnosis is crucial to successful outcomes and New Horizons is working hard to get this message out.
Although the rates of cancer among women with Mental Illness, Addictive Disease and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are the same as those in the general population, women with a behavioral health diagnosis are 30% more likely to have their cancer detected at a later stage when it is harder to treat and positive health outcomes are more difficult to achieve. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(2):209-217
New Horizons Behavioral Health is working towards decreasing this disparity in health outcomes for women in services by engaging employees and individuals in a month of fun-filled Think Pink focused activities.
On Thursday, October 19 beginning at 11 AM, New Horizons Behavioral Healt,h in partnership with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, is hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Event for Women with Mental Illness and/or Substance Abuse Disease at the Mildred L. Terry Library in Columbus. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Susan Gallagher at 706-596-5517.