Football game to raise breast cancer awareness

Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center is sponsoring a “breast cancer awareness” event this Friday when the Northfield Raiders take on the Chaska Hawks at Memorial Field. Game time is 7 p.m.

All of the Northfield players will be wearing pink socks, and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Materials related to breast care best practices will be available in game programs.

Kari Elliason, RN, Breast Care Coordinator, said the event is an effort to encourage women age 40 and older to have an annual mammogram screening.

“The goal of screening exams is to find cancer before symptoms are expressed,” Elliason said. “Early detection saves many thousands of lives each year. Following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for screenings improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.”

Elliason is grateful for the support she has received from the football team.

 “Their cooperation and enthusiasm have given us an opportunity to raise awareness about this important health issue on a big community stage,” she said.

 Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center features a direct-digital mammogram unit with a mammo pad for extra comfort. The direct digital system provides a clearer image and more detail. This leads to more accurate diagnoses and the ability to detect cancers at an earlier stage.

 For more information, call 507-646-1143.