Monday, November 19, 2018
BJC | Thirteen pairs of employees across BJC were rewarded for their health-conscious efforts during Breast Health Awareness Month (October).
Through BJC Help for Your Health, employees who completed a breast health awareness quiz and pledged that they had, or would schedule, a mammogram during 2018, or would encourage someone else to do so, were eligible to enter a drawing for a day of complimentary pampering at The Face & The Body Day Spa.
This marked the 16th year that The Face & The Body partnered with BJC for this Help for Your Health promotion to increase awareness about breast cancer.
Through the partnership, each hospital and BJC’s shared services/service organizations received two spa packages to award to employees who increased their own understanding of breast health and took responsibility for promoting breast health awareness.
More than 250 employees participated this year.
Do you know your breast cancer risk?
Following are answers to the breast health awareness quiz.
Q: Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in American women. True or False?
A: True. 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.
Q: More than 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. True or False?
A: True. According to the American Cancer Society, about 268,670 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018.
Q: Breast cancer can be prevented. True or False?
A: False. There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things all women can do that might reduce their risk and help increase the odds that if cancer does occur, it will be found at an early, more treatable stage.
Q: Having dense breast tissue has no effect on the risk of breast cancer. True or False?
A: False. 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 mammograms 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.
Q: Performing a breast self-exam every month eliminates the need for an annual mammogram. True or False?
A: False. Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health, and finding breast cancer as early as possible gives you 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.
Source: American Cancer Society
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