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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We often hear about a variety of different, unwavering teams who successfully pull together to support a cause or event they are all collectively passionate about.

This is evident when visiting the OR Surgical Team at Encino Hospital Medical Center, who to no surprise proves once again that they are a collective source of Light and Hope.

Walk into Encino Hospital's Operating Room in October and you will find yourself surrounded by like-minded surgical staff who are professional, passionate, hard-working, and ready to put "their PINK on"! They do this in the month of October to not only acknowledge all breast cancer survivors they have personally come to know, but to also help spread awareness around this surmounting health issue that continues to affect many women, men, and families each year.

Here are some of the latest facts:

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.1
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.2
  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers.3

"Cancer is a journey so we need to be strong and fight against it with the help of family and loving friends," says Maggy Armenian, Coordinator of Surgical Service Department at Encino Hospital.

Surgeons at Encino Hospital Medical Center find this special OR Surgical Team uplifting and moving. "This OR team at Encino Hospital has been around for many, many years. They have a unique way of pulling everyone together, even their surgeons, who have enjoyed getting involved in their pursuit to bring awareness to Breast Cancer," states Dr. Sam Kohanzadeh, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at Encino Hospital. "I work in 5 hospitals and this is the most involved OR team among them. They are kind, caring, and go out of their way to make patients feel at home."

Over a dozen surgeons put "their PINK on" in October to show their support. Encino Hospital Medical Center is a not-for-profit Prime Healthcare hospital providing Emergency Services 24/7 and serving a large geriatric population in the San Fernando Valley.