Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman to Host 'Pink Tea'
10/06/2008

KAUFMAN, Texas — In 2008, an estimated 957 women from the areas surrounding Kaufman and Henderson counties will have breast cancer and 185 women will die from breast cancer, according to the Texas Cancer Registry and Department of State Health Services. To provide women information about breast cancer, Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman will host a "Pink Tea" at noon on Monday, Oct. 13.

The free event will be held in the gymnasium of First Baptist Church of Gun Barrel City. The church is located at 522 W. Main Street.

Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman is partnering with Home Instead Senior Care to hold the event. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We want to bring women together to talk about important health topics,” said Pat Jackson, community outreach representative for Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman. “At Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman we continuously look for ways to improve the health and lives of women of our communities. The Pink Tea event is the perfect time to take an hour to learn more about health care services and to chat with other women.”

At the event, Daphne McDonald, a nurse practitioner at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, will highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness outreach. Also, Becky Althaus, a registered nurse who is a genetic counselor at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, will speak about how genes contribute to the development of breast cancer.

All women are at risk for breast cancer, although the risk increases with age, according to breastcancer.org. Individuals can reduce their risk for breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and exercising more frequently, breastcancer.org said. Uncontrollable factors, such as a family history of breast cancer, a previous bout with breast cancer, or the presence of certain genes, also affect a person’s risk.

No registration is required. For more information on the event, call Jackson at 972-932-7394.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman
Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman, soon to be Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman, is a 91-bed acute-care, full-service medical center serving Kaufman and Henderson counties and the southern part of Dallas County since 1979. The hospital's services include women and infant care, wound care, diagnostic imaging, cardiac rehabilitation, and pain management services. Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman has been recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-800-4-Presby, or visit www.texashealth.org/phk.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.