DCHHS Steps Up for PinKtober
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Each year, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) staff honors those who are currently fighting breast cancer and those who are current survivors. For 2016, employee's gathered to raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing pink, participating in employee events, and keeping an open dialogue regarding the illness.
In the most recent years, CDC has reported that 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the United States were diagnosed with Breast Cancer. In the same study it was reported that 40,860 women and 464 men in the US died from breast cancer.
While many families may be aware of breast cancer, not all are knowledgeable about mammogram recommendations and screenings. October is not just about wearing pink. In the 2016 Dallas County Health Needs Assessment, the percentage of women age 40 and over who had mammograms in the past two years decreased from 2010 to 2014. Without these screenings, breast cancer becomes more difficult to treat in the later stages of the illness. In fact, if found early in stage zero or stage one, the survivor rate of breast cancer can increase close to 100 percent.
Along with local heath partners, DCHHS Steps Up for Pinktober by advising residents to talk to their healthcare provider, ask about mammograms or screenings and to also encourage other families to do the same.
T-shirt designed for DCHHS and donated by Promotional Specialties International Inc