Sylva, NC – Harris Regional Hospital will host the October “Tuesdays to Thrive” session focused around education on the early detection of breast cancer and prevention as part of a year-long series of wellness events in partnership with Jackson County Department of Public Health. The event is open to the public and will take place Tuesday, October 7 from 6-7 p.m. in the main lobby of Harris Regional Hospital.
The event will feature an expert panel consisting of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital Breast Care Nurse Navigator Carol VanCleve, RN, wellness coordinator Melanie Batchelor, MHS, RD, LDN, CDE, Harris Regional Hospital imaging manager Malanie Cooper, and Dr. Megan Metcalf with Mountain Regional OB/GYN.
Harris Regional Hospital is pleased to host this event and provide education on the importance of regular breast exams and mammograms which aid in early detection of abnormalities that may be breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 230,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Detecting abnormalities and potential cancer early aids in faster treatment and, often, totally curative results.
The panel of experts at Tuesdays to Thrive will weigh in on early detection, how to effectively perform self breast exams, how often to schedule mammograms, and other important healthy lifestyle tips that encourage breast cancer prevention.
Also included in the hour-long program will be information and a short session of laughter yoga by Cindy Miles, Family Caregiver Resource Coordinator for Jackson County Department of Health. Miles will offer insight on how laughter yoga can benefit those undergoing treatment as she presents “Laugh for the Health of It: A Complete Well-Being Workout.”
Refreshments and door prizes will be available during the event, as well as a special opportunity to schedule mammograms. No reservations are necessary for the event, which is free and open to all community members.
For more information, please visit www.westcare.org or contact Melanie Batchelor at 828-586-7734.
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain County Hospital have served Jackson, Swain, Macon and Graham counties with primary and subspecialty care, outpatient facilities and urgent care together since 1997. The hospitals became part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare in 2014.