October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month & we’re making strides!

If there is one myth about breast cancer that needs to be corrected, it’s that breast cancer is only a risk for older women. Nothing could be further from the truth! While risk does increase with age, more than a quarter of a million women under the age of 40 are living with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Our team at Renaissance Alliance is very committed to getting the word out because one  of our beloved colleagues, Erica, is currently battling breast cancer. We’re participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Worcester as Erica’s Entourage and if you’d like to support our efforts, we’d be appreciative!

We’re also eager to do what we can to get the facts out about breast cancer. We’ve gathered a few helpful links and have posted an infographic below.

Take the time to learn about risk factors. Making lifestyle changes can help limit your risk – quitting smoking, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, for example. Early detection is also critical so many health authorities suggest s Well Woman check with a physician or clinic annually. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) offers guidance by age for what an annual well-woman assessment might include in terms of screenings, immunizations and lab tests.

Breast Cancer Awareness Infographic

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast-cancerOctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. When breast cancer is detected early (localized stage), the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

For some inspiration, here are some of the 2014 Pink Glove Dance winners … the Grand Prize Winner, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California

Here’s a 2nd Place Winner from Health Concepts, Ltd. in Providence Rhode Island.

The first Pink Glove video that started the dance craze – from Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon in 2009

See more Pink Glove videos.

Tomorrow is Don’t Fry Day

As Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season, the CDC, the EPA, the FDA and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention have a message for you: Don’t Fry!
There are more than 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed and 2.2 million people treated in the U.S. each year. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 76,250 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. The states with the highest incidence rates of melanoma are: New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Utah, Connecticut, Idaho, Delaware, Washington, Oregon, and Massachusetts.
Skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented.
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention offers these tips:
Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!…and Wrap when you’re outdoors — slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely

More tips & tools
The American Cancer Society: Be Safe in the Sun
CDC: Skin Cancer Prevention & Education Tools
NIOSH: protecting workers from UV radiation

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. It affects both men and women and the risks increase with age. More than 90% of call cases occur in people 50 years of age and older.
According to the CDC, if everyone who is 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as many as 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided.
Learn more about Colorectal Cancer Screening, including free screenings for low-income individuals in 25 states.
Learn more about prevention, risk factors,a nd symptoms