October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee encourages women who are 40 years of age or older, or women with a family history of breast cancer to schedule their annual mammogram. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. The American Cancer Society states that early detection of breast cancer by mammography can lead to a greater range of treatment options. “The two greatest risk factors for developing breast cancer are age and being female. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about these specific risks but we can be proactive and go for our yearly, screening mammograms,” said Kristy Capps, RN III, BSN, CBPN-IC, Breast Care Navigator at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee. “Early detection is our best protection. Just a few, quick minutes can be lifesaving.” Women who receive their annual mammogram at Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee during the month of October will be entered to win one of 20 spa gift baskets. To schedule an annual mammogram at the Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center at Pardee, please call (828) 698-7334. The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is a division of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Pardee Hospital, a comprehensive cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Elizabeth Reilly Breast Center is also one of 17 breast centers in the nation and the only breast center in North Carolina to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC). The center offers a full range of advanced treatment and diagnostic services, performed by highly qualified cancer specialists. Services include surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, advanced radiology and laboratory diagnostic support and clinical treatment trials. Community education programs, cancer screenings, support groups and holistic patient and family support are available.