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Kadlec Raises the Flag for Breast Cancer

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Survivors had a chance to raise the flag for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Survivors had a chance to raise the flag for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
RICHLAND, WA- Kadlec staff and survivors gathered another year to raise the flag to raise awareness for women to get checked for Breast Cancer. 

It was the 11th year the flag has been raised. 

Jennifer Dollina, who works for Kadlec and is a Breast Cancer survivor, wanted everyone to know it can happen to anyone.

“I think we kind of all live in that bubble of things can't happen to us, and they do and you're just not ready for it,” said Dollina.

Dollina raised the flag with another survivor, Janeen Clark.  They both had a new perspective about raising the flag since they are now survivors.

“Mainly a recognition of the gift that was given back to me and to give me back my life, where I no longer have to fear,” said Clark.

Experts said there are over 200,000 new Breast Cancer cases a year and that early detection is key.

“Not enough women are having mammography.  We know that only 50-60% of eligible women have mammograms every year,” said Dr. Steven Weighall.

The Tri-Cities Cancer Center is raising awareness as well.  They are having tours Wednesday to show off their cancer center and to kick-off Breast Cancer events in OctorberOctober going to have tours of the cancer center, community education from local physicians that specialize in breast care.  We're going to have some activities, some giveaways.  We're going to light the building pink in honor of breast cancer patients,” said Tri-Cities Cancer Center Director of Business Development Michael Novakovich.

For a full list of events for the whole month of October visit www.tccancer.org.