Allen County Hospital marks the 27th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting community events to promote education and awareness of the disease that impacts the lives of millions each year. In addition the hospital, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare network—encourages early breast cancer detection. According to the American Cancer Society, screening exams for early breast cancer detection—before symptoms begin—are one of the best ways to fight the disease.

First, Allen County Hospital will host two free Lunch-and-Learn Sessions on Oct. 17 led by David-Paul Cavazos, the hospital’s imaging director. The first session will be held from 11a.m. to noon and the second session will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Both presentations will be held in the Mary Ellen Stadler Conference Room at Allen County Hospital, 101 South 1st St., Iola, Kan., and will focus on promoting mammograms as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.

On Oct. 25 Allen County Hospital will host another Lunch-and-Learn Session from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Iola High School Lecture Hall. The high school is located at 300 E. Jackson in Iola, Kan. Special thanks to Brian Pekarek, superintendent, and Stacey Fager, principal, for making this education session possible.

In addition, Allen County Hospital will partner with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and offer a Fall Festival including a haunted house. Admission to the festival will be a donation to Relay for Life; the event will feature food, games and prizes for the entire family. The haunted house is free. The Fall Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday Oct. 27. The haunted house will be open both days from 7 p.m. until midnight.

Mammogram appointments can be made by calling Allen County Hospital’s Imaging Department at (620) 365-1250. “We all visualize a world with more productive lives and less breast cancer,” says Cris Rivera, chief executive officer of Allen County Hospital. “We are committed to bringing the community together and build awareness to fight the disease, including early detection.”

For more information on the Lunch-and-Learn Sessions, the Fall Festival in partnership with Relay for Life or to schedule a mammogram, call (620) 365-1250.