UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health Celebrates “Pink October” with Annual Hope Hike

ORLANDO, FL. (October 19, 2016) –This morning, UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health celebrated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its annual Hope Hike from Orlando City Hall, where Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and other elected officials proclaimed October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hundreds of Hope Hikers then walked the 1.2 miles down Orange Avenue to UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health.

Around Central Florida: Hope Hikes at other Orlando Health hospitals in Seminole and Orange counties united the community, elected officials, oncologists, breast cancer patients, survivors and their families in the fight against breast cancer.

  • At South Seminole Hospital, team members and members of the community hiked from the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health – Lake Mary, located at 210 Rinehart Road in Lake Mary. Participants hiked down Rinehart Road, then along Lake Mary Blvd., looping back to the cancer center.
  • At Health Central Hospital, the Hike began in the hospital’s atrium and continued through Ocoee, crossing State Road 50 to the UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health facility.
  • At Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, participants hiked through the halls of the hospital, visiting cancer treatment areas.
  • At South Lake Hospital, walkers hiked to the South Lake Hospital Therapeutic Garden from two starting points: the South Lake Hospital Main Entrance Lobby and the UF Health Cancer Center Orlando Health at South Lake Hospital.

Local statistics: Already this year, more than 8,700 new cancer patients have walked through the doors of UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health. About 600 of them have had breast cancer. In 2016, it’s estimated that 16,770 Florida women will be diagnosed with the disease. UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health remains at the forefront of cancer care in Central Florida. So far this year, the cancer center has logged 83,000 total visits to its oncology clinics, and continues to add new services to meet the needs of the community and its patients.

National statistics: Breast cancer is the second most-common type of cancer among women in the United States. This year, nearly 246,600 American women will be diagnosed with the disease. The odds of a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime are one in eight. Every three minutes a new case of breast cancer is diagnosed, and every 13 minutes a woman dies from breast cancer. However, with early diagnosis, breast cancer has a cure rate better than 90%.

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Orlando Health is a $2.6 billion not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals, and outpatient care centers throughout Central Florida. The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals. More than 2,000 physicians have privileges at Orlando Health, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 15,000 employees who serve nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients annually.  Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $270 million in support of community health needs.  More information can be found at Orlando Health.

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October 19, 2016