TMC celebrates breast cancer awareness with annual "Think Pink" event

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DENISON, TX -- More than 230,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Tuesday, Texoma Medical Center not only also raised awareness of the deadly disease, but celebrated the survivors.

Dozens of people were thinking pink for Tuesday's fourth annual Think Pink event, a fundraiser for Texoma Health Foundation's 500 Strong campaign.

Susan Hooper says 500 Strong helps local, uninsured women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

"So many women, if they don't have insurance to begin with, they don't even want to be diagnosed because they realize at that point if they're diagnosed, 'what am I gonna do. If I don't have insurance and there's no one to help? I don't want to know'," Hooper said.

Hooper, a breast cancer survivor, says during her battle she received 18 rounds of chemo, each cost $13,000.

"So, it does get very very expensive," she said.

Visitors also learned about breast health and the importance of early detection.

Oncology certified nurse, Brandy Blount, says more women are getting screened, which increases the breast cancer survival rate, but awareness will always be key.

"According to the American Cancer Society about 1 in every 8 women will be affected with breast cancer. And unfortunately, we'll lose about 1 in every 36 women to breast cancer," Blount said.

TMC opened the Breast Care Center in August, and Blount says it has already made a positive impact on the community.

"We're seeing women come as far as Ada, Oklahoma, all the way to the Dallas area to come to our center," she said. "We have the screening mammograms, the digital mammograms, we can do the biopsies in house. So, it's a big deal."

"It just gave me more confidence in the doctors locally and in TMC itself," Hooper said.

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