Cerritos, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2010
Approximately, 20,000 African American women and 14,000 Latinas are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in this year of 2010. In both groups, the tumors are generally diagnosed at later stages, when the tumors are more difficult to treat, and these women are often younger than the average age for Caucasian women when first diagnosed. Pink Pearls of Hope is encouraging women of color to make early detection screenings a lifestyle. Pink Pearls of Hope want women to develop a three method screening approach (monthly breast exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms (if you are age 40 or older) for the best possible option in early breast cancer detection. Breast cancer screenings are widely promoted by leading cancer and health organizations as playing a vital role in early detection. Despite these promotional efforts, women of color continue to underutilize screenings for breast cancer. A screening for breast cancer refers to tests and exams that find tumors in the breast and determine whether or not they are cancerous. Why are screenings important? They can find tumors or masses before symptoms are present and usually at an early stage, when the tumors are small and easier to treat. There are no guarantees that any singular mode of screening will find a breast tumor, however, screenings give women the best chance for of discovering a breast tumor early if it is there. Breast cancer screenings are performed by performing a Breast Self Exams (BSE) when a woman uses techniques to explore her breasts for lumps, masses, nipple drainage and/or any changes in the look, feel, shape, or texture; Clinical Breast Exams (CBE) are completed by a clinician who gently feels for lumps or masses in the breast, and changes in the look, feel, shape, or texture of your breasts; a Mammogram is an x-ray exam of the breast, which typically identifies a tumor before breast cancer symptoms are present; and for women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which uses magnetic waves to create cross-sectional images of your breast, may be used to accompany a mammogram or to take a closer look at a particular area of concern after a mammogram has been examined.
African American women and breast cancer (American Cancer Society, 2010)
Latinas and breast cancer (American Cancer Society, 2010; WebMD Health News, 2007)
2) Breast Buddies Brunch campaign - promotes women celebrating their yearly mammograms or clinical breast exams with other females as a way to encourage fellowship and support of early detection screenings.
Printable coupons for restaurants are available on the Pink Pearls of Hope website (see printable coupons tab) to encourage women to celebrate early detection screenings with friends and a meal.
Contest rules and information:
A) 2 restaurant gift card prizes ($25.00 for Protecting Your Mammories and $50.00 for Breast Buddies Brunch), one each per contest, to 2 individuals who submits a story and picture about their participation in the Protecting Your Mammories or Breast Buddies Brunch campaigns. You can only win in one category.
B) The story should be at least 250 words about your experience with sharing your yearly exam with friends or family, in addition to, why you thought it was important to do so. Your story should include why you believe women should make early detection a lifestyle.
C) All entries should be emailed to Pink Pearls of Hope at PinkPearls_of_Hope(at)live(dot)com, or mailed to our address at: 11432 South Street, #385, Cerritos, CA 90703, no later than October 31, 2010 at midnight.
D) The winners will be announced on November 15th and their stories and pictures will be placed on Pink Pearls of Hope's website.
For more information about Pink Pearls of Hope Breast Cancer Organization, please visit their website at: http://www.hopeagainstbc.org. For additional information on breast cancer, you may also call or contact: The American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345, National Cancer Institute (NCI) at (800) 4-CANCER, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at (800) 232-4636.