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Published:  November 7, 2012

St. Luke's hosts 4th Annual “BeAware” Breast Health Luncheon

Promoting awareness and early detection, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital (SLWH) recently held its fourth annual “BeAware” breast health luncheon to inform and encourage women in the community to have their routine mammograms, and remind other women in their lives to do so as well.

The luncheon, held at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in The Woodlands, was generously underwritten by the restaurant’s Operating Partner, Shelli Moran. The St. Luke’s Foundation, which raises funds for health research, education, and patient care for SLWH and St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, hosted the luncheon.

An informative and inspirational presentation was given by Magda Ghobashy, MD, a fellowship-trained board-certified Breast Radiologist who serves as Medical Director of the Breast Center at SLWH. “One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” Dr. Ghobashy shared. “The main two risk factors for developing breast cancer are being female, and getting older.  However, up to 90 percent of breast cancer is survivable today. The declining mortality is attributed to early detection through advanced mammography and advances in medical treatment of breast cancer.”

Dr. Ghobashy reminded women to perform regular self breast exams, and those who are over the age of 40 should have an annual screening mammography.

SLWH is accredited in Breast MRI diagnostic imaging services by the American College of Radiology and has earned the distinction of being a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

“We were honored to have Dr. Ghobashy as our guest speaker in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Debra F. Sukin, CEO, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital and St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital, and Senior Vice President, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System (SLEHS). “Her leadership at our Breast Center is evident in the unparalleled services the department provides in the lives of countless women. Her compassion and professionalism are often cited by our patients as they reflect upon their experience at St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital.  

“St. Luke’s The Woodlands offers a full continuum of breast care, all on one campus and close to home, from education, and diagnosis through our accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, expertise by fellowship-trained, board-certified breast physicians in specialties that include Radiology, Pathology, Surgery, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology, to treatment at MD Anderson Regional Care Center located on our campus. We want to remind women to schedule their mammogram and encourage them to also remind someone they love to do the same.”


Peg Reiter, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, SLWH, and Vice President, SLEHS, added, “Our Breast Center upholds the highest standards and undergoes a rigorous accreditation process. With community support, we plan to further expand our technology and services, increase access and awareness, and enhance our partnerships to continue to provide excellent quality patient care.”


St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital is located at 17200 St. Luke’s Way in The Woodlands at the southwest corner of SH 242 (College Park Drive) and Interstate I-45. For more information, call 936-266-2000 or visit StLukesWoodlands.com.


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