During the month of October, men and women are reminded about the importance of getting a mammogram. According to the United States Preventive Task Force recommendations:
- Women ages 50 to 74 years of age should get a mammogram every two years.
- Women younger than age 50 should talk to a doctor about when to start and how often to have a mammogram.
What is a Mammogram?
According to womenshealth.gov, a mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. The results are recorded on x-ray film or directly into a computer for a doctor, called a radiologist, to examine. Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier in the course of the disease, possibly before it spreads further.
How do we end the fight to Breast Cancer at JKJ?
On October 15th, team members from JKJ participated in the Chubb 4 Charity Cornhole Tournament. All of the proceeds from the cornhole tournament were donated to the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Organization. Throughout the day the tournament participants enjoyed playing cornhole with one another, but it was a day of recognition for those who are fighting breast cancer or who are breast cancer survivors. To show our support in helping end the fight of breast cancer, the JKJ team members proudly wore pink tie-dyed shirts with our company name and a breast cancer symbol.
On October 17th, two of our JKJ team members showed their support to end breast cancer by walking with the sisters of the Zeta Tau Alpha’s Eta Gamma Chapter of West Chester University in the 11th Annual Support the Cause 5k.
On October 23rd, Bethany Bullard (JKJ Wellness Coordinator) put together a pancake and parfait breakfast in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As JKJ team members approached the table to get their pancake breakfast, there was a bit of amusement when they saw the pancakes were indeed PINK! Throughout the day, donations were also collected to benefit St. Mary’s Breast Foundation. As I walked by the kitchen, it was evident that there was a large amount of support to end breast cancer by our JKJ team members who pledged their commitment to getting an annual mammogram or telling someone they love to get one this month.
This month, it is very important to the members of the JKJ family to show our support to those organizations, especially St. Mary’s Breast Foundation and Linda Creed Organization through donations and general awareness about the importance of getting a mammogram!
The Wall of JKJ Breast Cancer Commitment Pledges
Resources: Womenshealth.gov (http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/mammograms.html)
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Author: Allison Wright, Corporate Communications Director