LMC to Host Annual "Women’s Night Out" for Breast Cancer

Lexington Medical Center will host its annual “Women’s Night Out” on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Columbia. This popular event highlights October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Women’s Night Out is a celebration of breast cancer survivors,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations at Lexington Medical Center. “It is our privilege to recognize and celebrate the brave individuals that face such challenges with grace, dignity and courage.”

There will be exhibits, a silent auction, dinner and a keynote speech. This year’s speakers are Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker, stars of NBC’s long-running hit TV show “L.A. Law.” Eikenberry, a breast cancer survivor, and Tucker are married. They will talk about her experience with breast cancer and how it impacted their relationship. Proceeds benefit the Cancer Care Fund at Lexington Medical Center, which provides cancer services to patients in need.

A breast cancer survivor from the Midlands will introduce the two speakers. This is the 7th year for the event. Approximately 400 people attend annually. Men are welcome, too.

Tickets are $35 each. The exhibits and silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. To order tickets, visit www.lexmed.com or call 803-936-8850.

Statistics show that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Lexington Medical Center’s breast cancer program is nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology. Its services combine the latest technology with unsurpassed compassion.

LMC's mobile digital mammography van

Lexington Medical Center is using MammoSite Targeted Radiation Therapy, an innovative treatment that shortens treatment time and minimizes cosmetic changes. The hospital network has system-wide digital mammography, which can detect spots as small as a grain of sand. Lexington Medical Center offers “Five-Day Detection to Diagnosis,” which guarantees a doctor visit, tests, diagnosis and discussion of treatment options within five days of detecting a lump. And, Lexington Medical Center is home to Becky’s Place, a boutique that offers products including wigs, bras and prosthetics for women recovering from breast cancer.

For more information about the hospital’s breast cancer programs, go to www.lexmed.com. Reporters interested in covering Women’s Night Out, interviewing speakers or working on a story about breast cancer care at Lexington Medical Center should call Jennifer Wilson at 803-939-4512.

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