Support Breast Cancer Research Through Re:sourxe by Sodexo

/ 28/09/2012 /

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) has been an October tradition for more than 25 years. BCAM is an international awareness campaign – often referred to as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month [NBCAM] in the U.S. – that has helped to make great strides in breast cancer awareness, treatments, and victims’ access to services, but there is still plenty more left to do.

One of the most important functions of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to help raise funds toward breast cancer research and making treatments available to people who are affected by this disease. One of the most concrete ways for individuals and businesses to support this campaign is through the donation of money.

 

Re:sourxe by Sodexo would like to do its part to contribute to this campaign’s continued efforts by offering specially designated items in its stores throughout October. A portion of the sale of each of these items will be donated to fund breast cancer research.

We thank you for your continued support of Re:sourxe throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

Myths & The Surprising Facts About Breast Cancer

Misinformation is often the biggest obstacle in progress. Below are some surprising truths about breast cancer, and its risks and triggers.

Men are not immune to breast cancer.

Breast cancer affects an overwhelmingly larger proportion of women than men. Men are 100 times less likely to get breast cancer. However, according to the American Cancer Society, about 2190 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among men, and about 410 men will die from breast cancer.

Aging is an important risk factor in men: Men with breast cancer are, on average, about 68 years old when they are diagnosed.

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Not all lumps are breast cancer.

Only a small percentage of lumps turn out to be cancer. That is not to say they should be ignored.

Women who conduct routine self-exams of their breasts and surrounding areas should be able to recognize a persistent lump or changes in their breasts.  In case one is detected, it is important for a doctor to do a follow-up exam to treat or dismiss it.

We urge women (and men) to take charge of their health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with their doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling routine mammograms to screen for breast cancer.

A family history of breast cancer does not mean you are likely to develop it.

Only about 10% of people diagnosed have a family history of breast cancer.

A family history may put someone in a higher risk group if a first-degree relative – their mother, sister, or daughter – has had breast cancer. Start regular diagnostic breast imaging 10 years before the age of that relative’s diagnosis.

There may also be a risk of a familial breast cancer gene if:

·      Multiple generations have been diagnosed on the same side of the family

·      Several individuals in a family who are first-degree relatives to each other have been diagnosed

·      Several family members under age 50 have been diagnosed

Taking care of overall health can help lower the risk of breast cancer.

Obesity, alcohol, and smoking all contribute to a higher risk of breast cancer. Moderate physical activity and a sensible diet low in fats boosts the immune system and keeps weight in check, thereby reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Re:sourxe by Sodexo stands behind this focus on overall health and wellness to combat breast cancer, other cancers and diseases. Through our stores, we provide the supplies that promote better patient outcomes.