In 1990, Charlotte Haley created the first breast cancer awareness ribbon to honor her sister, daughter and granddaughter (all of whom had been diagnosed with the disease). Those ribbons are now a mainstay in breast cancer awareness and prevention efforts year-round. Breast cancer affects one in eight women over the course of her lifetime, and it’s a disease that is close to so many of our hearts. October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month by groups like the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen and the National Breast Cancer Foundation — and we’re shining a light on how healthcare workers can help advance their united mission.
Here are some quick stats to keep in mind when educating patients about breast cancer:
Breast Cancer Screening Reminders
As with so many diseases, early detection of breast cancer is vital to successful treatment outcomes. That’s why it’s imperative for nurses worldwide to familiarize themselves and their patients with proper screening procedures and warning signs. The American Cancer Society reports that the following factors can influence a person’s risk of developing breast cancer:
Additionally, the American Cancer Society recommends that women who are at an average risk of breast cancer should begin scheduling annual mammograms at the age of 45. They should then transition to getting exams every two years beginning at age 55.
While the medical community continues to make great strides in fighting breast cancer, there is still no cure.
Looking for additional ways to get involved? Try these breast cancer awareness activities:
The American Cancer Society’s started its annual “Denim Day” fundraiser in 1996, and the tradition is still going strong. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, October 6, and participants are encouraged to ask friends and colleagues to donate $5 or more to wear jeans to work. The money raised from this awareness event will support the American Cancer Society’s work to save lives from breast cancer, and it’s a great excuse to dress casual at your facility or office.
Spread the Word
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is offering a free copy of its NBCF Breast Health Guide to anyone who requests it. This guide includes tips on how to be breast health aware as well as suggested questions to ask your doctor.
Race for the Cure
The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®is “the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The series of 5K runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.” Find out more here.
Love posting on Facebook and Twitter? Use your favorite platform to highlight breast cancer statistics, and encourage your social media contacts and friends to reach out with questions. This is also a great way to show your support for breast cancer survivors and their loved ones.
Break out your favorite pink scrubs and accessories, or add to your awareness collection with these cute styles:
Try: Cherokee Always Aware Scrub Top, $16.99
Try: WonderWink Fight Like A Girl Printed Silky Tee, $18.98
Try: Heartsoul Dream And Inspire Warm-Up Jacket Top, $24.97
Try: Koi Rhinestone ID Badge Reel, $9.95
Try: Prestige Medical Premium Aneroid Sphygmomanometer, $26.95
How do you raise awareness about breast cancer throughout the month of October and year-round? Share your techniques in the comments section below!
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