October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
It serves as an annual reminder of the importance of regular check-ups at your local doctor’s office or medical clinic.
1 out of 8 women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime, but early detection can greatly lower the risks associated with cancer. Early detection means finding the cancer before it spreads to other parts of the body. At this stage, treatment is usually very effective and the 5-year survival rate is almost 100%.
Practicing Breast Self-Awareness is a simple method of getting used to how your breasts normally feel and look like, so that if something changes, you’re more likely to find out sooner and get it checked out. But don’t freak out! 8 out of 10 lumps discovered are non-cancerous.
Bear in mind that men also develop breast cancer, however, the risk is much lower. 1 in 1,000 men are expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Mammograms are an excellent method of discovering abnormalities within the breast, and there are free and low-cost options for persons whose insurance doesn’t cover mammograms or who don’t have insurance.
The purpose for BCA month is to highlight the importance of early detection, self-awareness and letting more people know that breast cancer is highly treatable in the early stages and recovery is possible.
This is why Stidham Trucking Inc., decided to partake in the “Think Pink” challenge issued by Fairchild Medical Center here in Yreka, California.
The fantastic decorations around the office.
During the month of October, Yreka businesses are encouraged to show their support by decorating their offices in the spirit of Painting Yreka Pink. Stidham Trucking Inc., accepted the challenge and soon the office was transformed into an ocean of creative decorations in all shades of pink imaginable! It was quite the experience walking into the transformed office, with hints of Halloween placed unmistakably amidst the Pink! The pink skulls and skeletons, the spider webs and creepy-crawlies also reminded everyone that visited the office that Halloween is almost at our doorstep.
Later on, the judges for the challenge recognized the efforts and stride and awarded us 1st place! Last Saturday was the Yreka Breast Cancer Run & Walk; a fun 5-mile course with prizes. The funds raised went directly to the Fairchild Medical Center Foundation Mammography Fund, and help benefit the local men and women in our community. We had our own team: "These Boobs are Meant for Walking!
1st place in the Think Pink challenge with the decorators of the office and the pink truck and trailer!
Yreka High Cheer Team in front of our Pink Truck, and some of the staff showing their support at the annual BCA walk.
How is your company supporting breast cancer awareness this year?