Site Spotlight: Arizona State Prison Complex, Perryville

Every year, the American Cancer Society uses the month of October to increase awareness about breast cancer. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women and 2,470 cases will be diagnosed in men. In addition, 63,410 cases of in situ breast carcinoma will be diagnosed among women. Approximately 40,610 women and 460 men are expected to die from breast cancer in 2017.1

This month, multiple breast cancer awareness activities took place at our community and state corrections sites, reiterating the importance that women should be regularly screened to increase the chance that breast cancer is detected early before it has spread. However, our team within the Arizona Department of Corrections facilitated breast cancer awareness activities and educational resources for the patients and staff at the ASPC: Perryville located in Goodyear, AZ with an enthusiasm worthy of recognition.

Corizon Site Leadership Team ASPC: Perryville (rear): Tesha Hopphaus, BSN, RN Director of Nursing; Crystal Ellison, BSN, RN Senior Asst. Director of Nursing (front): Adalia Cerrillo, Facility Administrator, Nancy James, Asst. Facility Administrator

Spearheaded by the Corizon site leadership team, breast cancer awareness activities at the ASPC: Perryville were provided on every housing area of the complex, and included activities that focused on understanding risk factors for breast cancer such as family and reproductive history, as well as strategies to reduce risk such as regular physical activity and smoking cessation. Of most importance, information was provided to encourage women to be comfortable with the appearance and feel of their breasts, and report any changes that they may notice to the healthcare staff.