Football game to benefit Women’s Health Services at Westfield hospital

WESTFIELD – A “Chautauqua County Stampede” vs. “Southern Tier Diesel” football game to increase awareness of breast cancer is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, on the Sherman Central School football field, 127 Park St.

Sponsored by the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, proceeds will benefit the hospital’s women’s health services. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the gate or before at the hospital at the front desks in the lobby or the Emergency Department. All guests are asked to wear “pink” in recognition of the cause.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women. It is a group of cancer cells (malignant tumor) that starts in the cells of the breast.

Rarely mentioned is that men also can have breast cancer. All people, male or female, are born with some breast cells and tissue that have the propensity to develop into cancer. Breast cancer in men, however, is rare.

Some cancer risk factors, such as smoking, are controllable. Some other cancer risk factors genetics for instance are not. Those seeking more information should consult their primary care physician.

Westfield Memorial Hospital offers mammograms with state-of-the-art Hologic Digital Mammography. A mammogram can save a life by showing tumors that become cancer long before they can be felt. Self-breast examination and mammograms should be on the top of every female’s “to-do” list.

For more information on the event, contact Laura LaShomb at WMH at 793-2336, or make an appointment by calling the Radiology Department at 793-2234.