Breast Cancer Awareness Month – 2023 Events

September 15, 2023

October is Breast Health Awareness Month

We’re all familiar with the stats, but did you know that Breast Cancer was the leading type of cancer in Alaskan women from 2015-2019? At KBFPC, we see the impact of cancer on our community, and we also see the benefits of annual screenings and early detection. Do yourself a favor this month and learn more about how to care for yourself or a loved one! Snag a friend and pop by one of the many breast health related events this month.

South Peninsula Hospital, Ninilchik Traditional Council (NTC) Community Clinic, The West Wing, South Peninsula Obstetrics & Gynecology, and KBFPC are teaming up to bring the Southern Kenai Peninsula a full calendar of free events this October, see below for more information. (And if you’d like to get involved and support KBFPC’s low-cost screening and early detection services, click here to sponsor a Pink Flag for the month!)

Brake for Breakfast

Tuesday, October 3rd 7-9 am

Drive through one of three locations and treat yourself to a free, convenient breakfast grab-n-go bag filled with goodies and life–saving breast health information!

  • Homer: at the Alaska Islands and Ocean parking lot, hosted by folks from South Peninsula Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Fritz Creek: at the Fritz Creek General Store parking lot, hosted by folks from Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic
  • Anchor Point: at the NTC Community Clinic parking lot, 33880 Sterling Highway, hosted by folks from NTC Health Center

First Friday Fundraiser

Friday, October 6th at Grace Ridge Brewing

Proceeds support low-cost breast cancer screenings at Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic.

  • 5 pm: Live Art Drawing with artist Jen DePesa
  • 5-7 pm: Silent Auction
  • 7 pm: Live Auction

Art and much more available all month long!

Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, October 11th 5-7 pm at Kachemak Bay Campus

Join the West Wing midwives to discuss breast health, importance of self-exams and more. Enjoy a casual meal, tea, and a 30-minute presentation followed by a one-hour yoga class. Come to some or all, for free!

Mammos & Mocktails

Thursday, October 19th 4:30-6:30 pm Open House at SPH Imaging Department

Tour the department, meet the providers, ask questions and check out the 3D mammography unit. Enjoy mocktails, chair massage, door prizes, snacks, and more!

Breast Health Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 24th 6-7:30 pm at Kachemak Bay Campus

Join panelists Dr. Robin Holmes (KBFPC), Dr. Edson Knapp (SPH Radiology Dept), Dr. Sherry Johnson (Far North Surgery), and Kim Loran (local breast cancer survivor) to learn about topics such as: screening guidelines, personalized care, mammogram myths, how to navigate abnormal results, and current surgical options. Enjoy refreshments, door prizes and more! View a recording of this event on the South Peninsula Hospital website.

Plus! a special fundraiser screening of:

Mom & Dad’s Nipple Factory – A Documentary

Thursday, October 26th at the Homer Theatre – 6:30 pm Doors, 7:00 pm Film

Free Admission, Donations support KBFPC

Reserve Your Seat

“Some husbands give flowers…Brian built his wife the perfect nipple.” Join KBFPC at the movies for this quirky and heartwarming look at how a conservative small-town couple deals with starting a nipple prosthetic business after Randi’s mastectomy, all while staying under the radar from their friends, church, and children. Enjoy a unique film screening and support KBFPC’s efforts to keep breast exams and reproductive healthcare affordable and accessible for all! (Learn more about the film in the Homer News.)

 

KBFPC’s participation in these events is made possible by ongoing funding from the Alaska Run For Women, and with support from Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc., (RurAL CAP) with funding provided by the Alaska Department of Health’s Healthy & Equitable Communities program, part of the Alaska Division of Public Health.