Susan G. Komen’s Mammogram Voucher Program
PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
||Even though October is over, Komen Pittsburgh encourages people to wear pink all throughout the year for breast cancer awareness.
In the United States alone…
• Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
• Six men are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
• A woman dies from breast cancer every 13 minutes.
Seeing a pink shirt can remind a woman to ask her physician for a clinical breast exam. A pink uniform at a football game can encourage a husband to ensure that his wife isn’t one of the more than 30% of insured women who don’t receive annual mammograms. A woman who sees a pink ribbon may remember to check in on her neighbor who is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Pink reminds breast cancer patients that they are not alone.
Be proud to wear your pink shirt or ribbon so that all breast cancer survivors, family, friends, and patients know that they are not alone.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLES REDUCE RISK
Part of breast cancer prevention is having a healthy and active lifestyle. While risk factors like family history and other genetic dispositions cannot be changed, a healthy lifestyle has been proven to reduce the risk of breast cancer, even in high-risk women.
Physical activity is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping the body strong. Obesity, particularly after menopause, puts women at risk for breast cancer. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends between one to three hours of aerobic activity each week with at least two sessions of strength training.
Alcohol should be limited since increased intake correlates to a greater risk of breast cancer. If you choose to drink, no more than one drink each day is considered to be part of a healthy lifestyle. Excess alcohol usage also increases the risk of several other types of cancer.
Smoking, in addition to its overall negative impact on health, also has been linked to breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women. Smokers should quit, both to reduce their risk of breast cancer and to preserve their own as well as the health of those around them.
A healthy diet rich with fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk for other types of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and other cancers. A healthy diet also results in a healthy weight and, in turn, a reduced risk of breast cancer.
KOMEN PITTSBURGH BENEFITS LOCAL PROGRAMS AND NATIONAL RESEARCH
Through events like the Race for the Cure®, Paws for the Cure®, A Celebration of the Promise, and other year-round fundraising opportunities, Komen Pittsburgh and its supporters have raised more than $33 million for the fight against breast cancer. These dollars are at work every day.
Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised here stays in the Pittsburgh community to fund breast health and breast cancer screening, treatment, education, and support programs. The remaining 25 percent goes toward groundbreaking global breast cancer research programs, including vital research being done right here in Pittsburgh.
For a schedule of upcoming educational programs, please visit http://www.komenpittsburgh.org/understanding-breast-cancer/education-programs.html.