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West Valley Hospital Observes 25th Anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Generation PinkTM Gloves

10/20/2010 1:00:00 AM

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (October 18, 2010) – October 2010 marks the 25th year since the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was declared in 1985.  In honor this anniversary, various departments at West Valley Hospital are celebrating by wearing pink exam gloves.

“These pink gloves that many of our caregivers are wearing are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key,” explained Bart Strong, interim director of materials management.  “Members of our food and nutrition, mammography, imaging and labor and delivery departments are wearing Medline’s pink exam gloves during the week of October 18, 2010.”

In addition to raising awareness, Medline’s pink exam gloves are helping provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. The manufacturer, Medline, contributes $1 for every 1,000 Generation Pink gloves purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that has provided over 130,000 free screenings since 2004.

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women and takes the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually. Breast cancer has many risk factors, including age, genetics, obesity, and family history. Women who exercise regularly, maintain healthy diets, and have regular visits with their doctors may be less likely to get breast cancer.

About Generation Pink Gloves
The Generation Pink exam glove line from Medline includes a vinyl glove, a nitrile glove and the new Pink Pearl (nitrile glove with aloe). Medline is the leading provider of exam gloves in the U.S., including a complete line of latex and latex-free products featuring patented 3G and aloe technologies. For more information on the gloves, visit www.medline.com/gloves.

About West Valley Hospital
West Valley Hospital, an affiliate of Abrazo Health Care, is a 164-bed, acute care community hospital located just north of I-10 on McDowell, between Litchfield and Dysart Roads, in Goodyear, Arizona.  West Valley Hospital is proud to be recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a designated Cardiac Arrest Center, and fully accredited by the Joint Commission.

From heart and vascular care, state-of-the-art obstetrics, and a 24-hour, full service emergency department, to medical and surgical services, laboratory, medical imaging, intensive care and women’s health services, West Valley Hospital advances health through the continuous pursuit of evidence-based, coordinated care while putting safety first—for our patients, their families and the entire West Valley Hospital team.



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