Stuart, FL., (Tuesday, October 5, 2010) October marks the 25th year since the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was declared in 1985. The VNA of Florida is celebrating this anniversary in a special way – by providing all nursing staff with pink exam gloves during the month of October.
“These pink gloves that our caregivers are wearing are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key,” explained Kathy Frost, Director of Professional Services. “Mammography screening remains the single-most effective method of detecting breast cancer in an early, treatable stage. If all women received regular screenings and mammograms after turning 40, the death rate would fall by another 20 to 30 percent.”
Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women and takes the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually. Breast cancer has many risk factors, including age, genetics, obesity, and family history. Women who exercise regularly, maintain healthy diets, and have regular visits with their doctors may be less likely to get breast cancer.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win this monumental battle.