ABC Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
At ABC Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, we want to help raise awareness in our community and help fight this disease. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. It affects our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, and colleagues. Although breast cancer affects mostly women, men are not exempt from this disease. Just this past year, one of our dedicated employees found himself at the center of this fight.
We want to raise awareness and share with our community and friends ways to protect yourself, as well as ways to get involved to help put an end to cancer. During the month of October, our technicians will be wearing pink hats and pink protective shoe covers on every service call. Our office staff has been provided with pink shirts to be worn on Fridays throughout October. We will be sending weekly emails, with information, stories, links and more. And, while raising awareness is important, we will also be making financial contributions to local and national breast cancer charities.
Since the year 2000, breast cancer mortality rates have been on the decline due to yearly screenings and early detection. Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30 to 40% among women ages 40 to 70. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. As scary as that is, knowing the facts can help all of us take action.
Although uncommon, Breast Cancer is not just a “women’s disease.” We saw this first-hand earlier this year with one of our technicians. Breast cancer in men most often results in a lump or tumor which can be felt through the skin. While a man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000, it is still important to talk to your doctor if you or your partner experience any abnormalities or have or have a family history of breast cancer.
It’s your body. Your life. Don’t leave it to chance.
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