Drive to Inspire campaign spreads Breast Cancer Awareness

Drive to Inspire campaign spreads Breast Cancer Awareness

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Forrest General Hospital

Forrest General, Mack Grubbs Hyundai, Carter's Jewelry and Comcast Spotlight are teaming up for the 2014 Drive to Inspire campaign, an effort to remind women across the Pine Belt to make time for monthly self-exams and annual screenings.

During the month of October, be on the lookout for a 2015 pink Hyundai Sonata that will be parked at various locations within the Pine Belt. Come sign the car in honor or memory of a breast cancer patient or as a pledge to remind loved ones to schedule annual screenings.

This month-long promotion kicks off Thursday, October 2 at Forrest General's Spirit of Women's Girls' Day Out and Dining, Decorating & Doctors – Oh My! event, where the car will be located at Southern Oaks House and Gardens, 1246 Richburg Road in Hattiesburg. The first person to sign the car will be local Pine Belt resident Debbie Thomson. Her dedication to supporting, inspiring and encouraging others who are dealing with cancer began with her own diagnosis. Now, she bravely shares her story with others, in person, in videos and on TV, as well as her beautiful jewelry line, Quail Hollow Designs.

A complete list of additional locations, dates and times can be found at

Annual health exams are important, including routine mammograms for women. Women should practice monthly self- breast exams and get an annual mammogram beginning at age 40.

“The purpose of the promotion is to remind every woman in the Mississippi area that you cannot underestimate the importance of routine mammograms. Early detection of breast cancer can be life-saving,” said Millie Swan, chief marketing and medical staff services officer.

Forrest General's Cancer Center urges everyone – cancer survivors and supporters alike – to make healthy choices like not smoking, staying at a healthy weight, eating right, keeping active, and getting recommended screening tests. Screenings for breast, prostate, lung, colon or other types of cancer increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable.

The 34,000-square-foot Cancer Center offers a comprehensive program encompassing continuing care, detection, diagnosis, education, prevention, psychosocial support, screening, rehabilitation services and treatment for cancer patients. The Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and participates in National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved clinical trials. The facility delivers state-of-the-art technologies, treatments and support services in comfortable surroundings utilizing an interdisciplinary approach that involves the individual, family, friends and healthcare professionals.

In 2014, Forrest General ranks in the Top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for Medical Excellence in Cancer Care, according to CareChex®, a division of COMPARION, an independent company recognizing the nation's best performers on various measures of quality relating to process of care, outcomes, and patient satisfaction.

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