Moffitt Cancer Center Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 05, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. —Did you know one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime? As the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and the top ranked in Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center has experts specializing in breast radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and screening and prevention. Breast cancer develops as a result of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal breast cells. While healthy breast cells are able to continually renew themselves in an orderly fashion, abnormal cells may divide haphazardly, without control or order. The extra cells created can form malignant, or cancerous, tumors which, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body.    

Our breast clinic provides our patients with all of the services they need from a cohesive team of experts who specialize in breast cancer, including:           

  • Fellowship-trained surgeons
  • Medical oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Plastic surgeons and breast reconstruction experts
  • Social workers
  • Fertility preservation specialists
  • Genetic testing and counseling specialists

During a weekly interactive session, or tumor board review, these experts meet to discuss each new patient’s course of treatment. They work together to create highly individualized care for our patients to offer them the best chance at beating cancer. Whether the initial concern is an abnormal mammogram result, a family history of breast cancer, a breast lump or another symptom, patients benefit from our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, which include advanced INTRABEAM® radiation treatment, tomosynthesis 3D mammography, ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound System) and ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy.

As a pioneer in cancer research, Moffitt is proud to be the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida. Our patients benefit from a broad range of cutting-edge clinical trials and new therapies for individuals with breast cancer. Each year, we treat more than 1,000 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, as well as hundreds more who choose Moffitt for treatment when they have a recurrence. Our breast cancer survival rates exceed the national averages, and we are proud that our treatment and support can provide our patients with an enhanced quality of life.  

Moffitt is hosting community events in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please contact our media team if you are interested in attending an event or speaking with one of our physicians or breast cancer patients.


Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events

Bourbon and Bowties Promotion

During the month of October, Bourbon and Boweties will donate 10% from the sale of each pink bangle purchased on to breast cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Please join us in supporting the cause. 

City in Pink

Moffitt has partnered with CREW Tampa Bay for the City In Pink initiative. Local businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area will show their support for breast cancer awareness with large “pink” displays throughout the month of October. Moffitt’s McKinley campus, where the Breast Cancer clinic is located, will be lit up pink for the month of October.
Moffitt McKinley Outpatient Center, 10920 N. McKinley Drive

Rollin’ Oats Promotion

Rollin’  Oats Market & Café, a locally owned, natural food market and café with locations in St. Petersburg and South Tampa, is selling special edition cupcakes throughout the month of October to benefit The Shula Fund at Moffitt Cancer Center. For the third consecutive year, one dollar will be donated to The Shula Fund for every pink frosted cupcake with a white chocolate ribbon that is purchased during the month of October. Customers may also choose to provide a cash donation.

Taco Bus Promotion

Purchase a pink burrito during the month of October at a participating Taco Bus location and a $.50 donation of each sale will go towards research at Moffitt Cancer Center.  

Sparkling Gecko Promotion

Sparkling Gecko will be selling breast cancer awareness bracelets during the month of October. Of each sale, $8 will be donated to research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Promotion ends Nov. 1. 

Panera Goes Pink

Moffitt will receive 100% of proceeds from sales of a special pink ribbon bagel made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey, and brown sugar. These bagels are available Oct. 7 at 24 Bay area Panera locations. Pre-orders are accepted now through Oct. 7 at  Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear will be at Panera’s Jesuit location at 3420 W. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Oct. 14, participating Panera locations

Story Days Festival

Several of Moffitt’s breast cancer patients will share their stories as part of the Story Days in Tampa Bay at USF. Visit for details.
Oct. 8, Powerstories Theatre. 2105 W. Kennedy Blvd.

USF Bulls Against Cancer Football Game

The University of South Florida Bulls will wear custom pink jerseys for this game against the University of Connecticut Huskies. The jerseys will be donated to Moffitt after the game to be auctioned for breast cancer research. Bulls Against Cancer is a partnership between Moffitt and USF Athletics honoring those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Oct. 15, Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway

Temple Terrace Fire Rescue Open House
Moffitt’s Mole Patrol will provide free skin cancer screenings at the Temple Terrace Fire Rescue open house.
Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 2p.m., 124 Bullard Way, Temple Terrace

Grand Opening Pink Party
Moffitt Cancer Center Community Outreach and Education Center is opening its doors at the University Mall with a grand opening pink party. Learn about the importance of screening and prevention with chair massages, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and more. Space is limited. Call 813-745-4306 for details.
Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m., University Mall, 2200 E. Fowler Ave.

Dining for Dollars, Longhorn Steakhouse

Join us October 26, 2016, as we support Moffitt Cancer Center through the Dining for Dollars program. Bring your voucher in between the hours of 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm and LongHorn Steakhouse® will donate 10% of your check to Moffitt Cancer Center.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4th annual Treasure Chests 5k
Approximately 40 Moffitt team members will run in the 4th annual Buccaneers Treasure Chests 5K. Moffitt’s Mole Patrol will provide free skin cancer screenings before and after the race until noon in the south parking lot in Victory Village.
Oct. 29, 8 a.m., Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway

Buccaneers Pink Game
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will dedicate this game against the Oakland Raiders to breast cancer awareness. The Buccaneers donated tickets to the game to Moffitt patients and survivors. Patients will take part in a pre-game ceremony on the pirate ship.
Oct. 30, 1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube