Noble to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month with pink gloves

WESTFIELD — October 2011 marks the 27th year since the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) was declared in 1985. Noble Hospital is celebrating this anniversary in a special way — by wearing pink exam gloves.

“These pink gloves that our caregivers are wearing are a visible reminder that early detection and prevention is key,” Donna Hemphill, RTRM, lead mammographer at Noble Hospital’s Burk Women’s Imaging Center, explained. “Mammography screening remains the single-most effective method of detecting breast cancer in an early, treatable stage. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies show that screening mammography can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74.”

In addition to raising awareness, the sales from pink gloves are helping provide free mammograms to women who cannot afford them. The gloves’ manufacturer, Medline, contributes $1 for every case of its Generation Pink gloves purchased to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that has provided over 130,000 free screenings since 2004.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer, taking the lives of approximately 40,000 women annually. Breast cancer has many risk factors, including age, genetics, obesity, and family history. Women who exercise regularly, maintain healthy diets, and have regular visits with their doctors may be less likely to get breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is committed to spreading knowledge and fostering hope in the fight against breast cancer. By funding free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supporting research programs in leading facilities across the country, NBCF helps inspire the courage needed to win this monumental battle.

Medline is also the sponsor of the Pink Glove Dance video that went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views to date and has inspired hundreds of pink glove dance videos from around the world. In an effort to continue building awareness, Medline this year is sponsoring a national competition for the best pink glove dance video.

For more information on the Pink Glove Dance competition, visit www.pinkglovedance.com.

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