Thursday, November 8, 2012

A Pink October Gift

The ladies of Fairfield love coming to the Fairfield Library on Craft Day when they sit together, chat and make something nice for their home. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month where the color pink is to bring awareness of: prevention of breast cancer, early detection and treatment. The majority of patients are women however men are also victims of this terrible disease. In 2012 there have been 2,140 men who were diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 died as a result.

Back to the bracelets. For the month of October our crafters decided to make some beautiful pink bracelets for breast cancer patients at St. Barnabas Hospital.

A basket full of bracelets from our creative crafters

Isn't it lovely?
  Knowledge is power, health is for life. The following is information from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation:

1. Know your risk
  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
2. 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 age 20, and every year starting at age 40
  • Sign up for your screening reminder at 
3. Know what is normal for you
See your health care provider if you notice any breast changes.

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol intake

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