TelWare Takes PINK To A New Level
So, if you read our previous blog post, you already know that TelWare is once again participating in the Susan G. Komen Foundation Charlotte Race for the Cure on Oct. 4, kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What you may not know, is also for 2014, TelWare is taking PINK to a whole new level!
For the first time, TEAM TELWARE hosted a “Pink Is More Than Just a Color” breast cancer awareness rally at Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice in Concord NC. We shared awareness information, made some new friends and encouraged everyone to go PINK for the evening. Papa Robb’s was generous enough to donate 15% of orders when customers wore PINK or asked to make a donation to our cause. We will hold another rally on Saturday, Sept. 27th at the same location, 3700 Poplar Tent Road, Concord NC 28027.
In addition to our team efforts, the entire TelWare staff has turned PINK with support and unity. Last year, we started PINK Thursday, sporting pale pink logo’d shirts on every Thursday. The significance of Thursday is that our first PINK Thursday was a surprise, held on the day of breast surgery for our own survivor, Cathy Clontz. This year, you’ll see TelWare employees sporting the newly designed black w/Pink TelWare logo shirts for PINK Thursday. But that’s not all! For 2014, we’ve amped up the PINK!! We’re super excited about the addition of a fully PINK wrapped car to our vehicle fleet. The color and awesome design, by Ben Knight and his team at Fast Signs-South Tryon, signifies TelWare’s ongoing commitment to playing a part in helping Susan G. Komen® end breast cancer forever. No doubt we’ll be easy to spot in and around the Charlotte area. If you see us out, be sure to HONK!
Breast Cancer Awareness Facts from KomenCharlotte.Org
Fact One: All women are at risk of getting breast cancer. You may have heard about other risk factors, such as having someone in your family with breast cancer or having an inherited breast cancer gene mutation. But the truth is: MOST women with breast cancer don’t have these or other risk factors. Their only risks are being a woman and getting older. That’s why it’s important to learn what you can do.
What can I do?
- Know your risk.
- Talk to your family to learn about your family health history.
- Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer.
- Get screened. Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk.
- Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
- Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40.
- Know what is normal for you. Learn how your breasts normally look and feel.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Add exercise into your routine.
- Limit alcohol intake.
- Limit menopausal hormone use.
- Breast feed, if you can.
Fact Two: If you know your risk of breast cancer, you can do things that may reduce your risk.
Risk factors do not cause breast cancer, but they increase the chances that breast cancer may develop. There are many risk factors linked to breast cancer. Some of these risk factors increase risk a great deal. Others increase risk by only a small amount. Yet, we still don’t know what causes breast cancer to develop. It’s likely a combination of risk factors, many of which are still unknown. That is why is it so important that all women know their family medical history and understand their personal risk of breast cancer. To learn more go to: http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/LowerYourRisk.ht...
Fact Three: You can have tests that find breast cancer early.
- Mammogram- A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is the best tool we have today for finding breast cancer early. It can find breast cancer when it is small and easier to treat. Have a mammogram every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk.
- Clinical Breast Exam- A clinical breast exam is done by your doctor or nurse in an office or clinic. He or she will look at and feel your breasts and under your arms to look for breast cancer. Sometimes breast cancer can be felt, but not seen on a mammogram. Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at 20, and every year starting at 40.
Fact Four: You should talk to your doctor about any changes you notice in your breasts.
- Warning Signs of Breast Cancer. Due to the increased use of mammography, most women in the United States are diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The most common symptoms of breast cancer are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge. If you have symptoms or notice changes in your breasts, see your healthcare provider. In most cases, these changes are not cancer. For example, breast pain is more common with benign breast conditions than with breast cancer. However, the only way to know for sure is to see your provider. If breast cancer is present, it is best to find it at an early stage, when the cancer is most treatable.
- Breast lumps or lumpiness. Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. For some women, the lumpiness is more pronounced than for others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is probably normal breast tissue. Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern. When this type of lump is found, it may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (such as a cyst or fibroadenoma). Learn more about benign breast conditions.
- See your health care provider if:
- You find a new lump or any change that feels different from the rest of your breast.
- You find a new lump or any change that feels different from your other breast.
- Feel something that is different from what you felt before.
- If you are unsure whether you should have a lump checked, it is best to see your provider. Although a lump may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind that it has been checked.
Know your risks! Get screened! Know what’s normal for you and seek medical attention if you notice changes!
Help Support Team TelWare in the fight against breast cancer in the annual Susan G. Koman Race for the cure on October 4th, 2014.
Tax deductable donations can be made at: http://charlotte.info-komen.org/goto/teamtelware
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