PORT JEFFERSON, NY – Paint Port Pink, Mather Hospital’s annual month-long breast cancer awareness community outreach, kicks off on Oct. 1 with a lighting of pink lights by community partners in Port Jefferson and Port Jefferson Stations.


One in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. In 2021. An estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 2,650 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2021. As of January 2021, there are more than 3.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.


Paint Port Pink’s goal is to raise awareness about breast cancer, encourage annual mammograms and bring the community together to help fight this disease..


The hospital’s HealthyU webinar series will present two breast cancer programs – The role of genetics in breast cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Common breast cancer myths and screening options on Tuesday Oct. 12. Both webinars begin at noon. Register for these webinars at www.matherhopsital.org/healthyu


Oct. 15 is Wear Pink Day and everyone – and their pets – are encouraged to get their pink on and post their photos on social media with #paintportpink. Send your pinked-out post to ccourt1@northwell.edu and we’ll include it in a collage on our Facebook page.


The popular Pink Your Pumpkin Contest also returns this October. Photos of “pinked” pumpkins should be emailed to ccourt1@northwell.edu by Oct. 25 and posted on social media with #paintportpink. The winner also will be chosen Oct. 26 and will receive a $100 gift card.


A calendar of events and a list of Paint Port Pink community partners offering promotions to benefit the Fortunato Breast Health Center’s Fund for Uninsured is at www.matherhospital.org/pink Call (631) 476-2723 for more information.


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About Mather Hospital

Mather Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high-quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. Mather has twice earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Mather has received 15 “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. For further information about Mather Hospital, visit www.matherhospital.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/matherhospital.


About Northwell Health

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 76,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu and follow us @NorthwellHealth on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.