F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the 90th Medical Group is trying to raise awareness on base with various activities.
"We want to bring awareness that breast cancer is gender neutral," said Christine Ramler, 90th MDG risk manager.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the lifetime risk for men getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. However, the lack of awareness among men is causing the mortality rate to increase.
"Breast cancer awareness is something that is so important, and you can't stress it enough," said Patricia Chabala, 90th MDG special needs coordinator. "We want to bring it to the light within the military."
The purpose of the events throughout October is to bring awareness to breast cancer and to encourage everyone to get tested.
"It is important to get screened and know there is a community available to you if you get diagnosed with cancer," said Capt. Adrianna Clark, 90 MDG health care integrator.
The 90th MDG put together events to raise awareness on base during October.
There will be a free showing of Stepmoms in the base theater at 6 p.m. on Oct. 25. Concessions will be available for purchase.
An Empowerment Day will be held at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm on Oct. 30 at the Trails End Ball Room. This free event will celebrate the accomplishments and challenges of women. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. followed by the keynote presenter Lauren E. Miller, an internationally recognized speaker and breast cancer survivor, at 11:30 a.m. The full schedule of events is located on the 90th Medical Group Facebook page Facebook page along with an RSVP link.
Both events are open to all active duty, retirees, dependents, civilians and contractors with base access.
A Tree of Dedication and Remembrance has been placed in the 90th Medical Clinic main lobby. Names are tied onto the tree to honor the courage of loved ones who have or have had breast cancer.
"At the close of lunch on Oct. 30, the ribbons will be removed from the tree and handed over to the Chaplain," said Ramler. “The Chaplain will pray over those whose names were left on the tree.”
Other events the 90th MDG held this month to help spread awareness include a run and bowling night.
On Oct. 4 a two-mile walk/jog/run was held starting at the Fall Hall Community Center. There were more than 120 participants -two and four-legged- adorned in pink to show support.
"We tripled our attendance and support," said Chabala. "The military and civilian communities came together."
On Oct. 11 there was a breast cancer awareness bowling night at Warren Lanes Bowling Center. Participants were encouraged to wear pink to receive two free games.
"We will probably be doing the same events next year," said Ramler. “This is the third year doing the run and dinner and the turnout has gotten better each time."