Monday, October 22, 2018
by Patty Johnson • firstname.lastname@example.org
BJC | Being proactive about one’s own health or the health of friends and loved ones is central to the mission of BJC Help for Your Health. During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BJC employees have an extra incentive to focus on breast health.
As part of BJC Help for Your Health’s breast health awareness initiative, employees who team up to make a commitment to breast health are eligible for a chance to win a spa package from The Face & The Body Spa and Salon.
Each hospital and BJC’s shared services/service organizations (including BJC HealthCare, BJC Behavioral Health, BJC Home Care Services, BJC Corporate Health Services and BJC Medical Group) will receive two spa packages to award to employees who increase their own understanding of breast health and take responsibility for promoting breast health awareness.
A breast health awareness quiz and pledge form are now available and must be completed by Oct. 31. Employees can take the quiz and enter online or complete and submit a paper form. Two employees from each hospital and the shared services/service organizations will be randomly drawn from the entries to win a spa package.
Just the facts
Of the most common cancers in American women, breast cancer is second only to skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a U.S. woman developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12 percent. This means there’s a 1-in-8 chance a woman will develop breast cancer. This also means there’s a 7-in-8 chance a woman will never have the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 268,670 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. Also, at this time, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, including those still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health, and finding breast cancer as early as possible offers a better chance of successful treatment. But knowing what to look for — and reporting any changes to a health care provider right away — doesn’t take the place of having regular mammograms and other screening tests. Screening tests can help find breast cancer in its early stages, before any symptoms appear.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for women at average risk for breast cancer:
Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
These guidelines are for women at average risk for breast cancer. Women with a personal or family history of breast cancer, a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer (such as BRCA) and women who had radiation therapy to the chest before the age of 30 are some groups at higher risk for breast cancer, not average-risk. Women at increased risk should discuss specific guidelines with their doctor.
Can you reduce your risk of breast cancer?
Being female is the most important risk factor for breast cancer. Age is second — breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age. Less than 15 percent of breast cancer patients have a family history of the disease.
Although you can’t control your age, gender and family history — and there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer — body weight, physical activity and diet have all been linked to breast cancer, so these might be areas where a woman can take action. At this time, the best advice about diet and activity to possibly reduce the risk of breast cancer is to:
What about breast density?
Breasts are made up of fatty tissue, fibrous tissue and glandular tissue. A woman is said to have dense breasts (on a mammogram) when she has more glandular and fibrous tissue and less fatty tissue. Women with dense breasts on mammogram have a risk of breast cancer that’s about 1.5 to 2 times that of women with average breast density. Unfortunately, dense breast tissue can also make it harder to see cancers on mammograms.
A number of factors can affect breast density, such as age, menopausal status, the use of certain drugs (including menopausal hormone therapy), pregnancy and genetics.
Enter for your chance to win a spa day
Team up with a co-worker to commit to breast health by taking BJC Help for Your Health’s five-question breast health awareness quiz, then fill out and submit your entry for the spa package drawing. The electronic quiz and pledge form can be found here. A paper form is available here. You must complete the form by Oct. 31. The official rules are available here.
BJC’s partnership with The Face & The Body
The Face & The Body has partnered with BJC for the 16th year to increase awareness about breast cancer, the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
A longtime Help for Your Health partner, The Face & The Body also offers BJC employees a Spa Rewards Membership, an annual loyalty program, for free (a $10 value). Members earn points for every dollar spent on products and services, and points earned may be used on services or products. BJC employees also get 20 percent off Derma Spa Services and laser hair removal. Specials and discounts may not be combined. BJC employee identification is required. Visit one of the three locations and present your BJC employee ID to receive your discount.
For details, including hours, services and more, contact:
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