Beaufort Online is featuring a pink background this month in honor of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we are impressed by other media outlets that show their support. As reported by nubry.com, even the NFL proves that they are manly enough to wear pink: “The idea of NFL players wearing pink, pioneered by Deangelo Williams, is the best way to create awareness as the NFL draws the largest TV audiences and has tons of influence.” The Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers were wearing pink armbands, gloves and shoes during yesterday’s game.
This month, the Lowcountry has many local organizations involved:
- Join Wacoal and Belk for the semi-annual bra-fitting event and free mini massage: Knock Out Breast Cancer at Belk on Hilton Head Island, October 11th & 12th from 10am-5pm. For every woman that participates, Wacoal and Belk will each donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for breast cancer research. Call 843-686-8710, ex. 236, for more information.
- The third annual Lowcountry Rockin’ the Pink Breast Cancer Walk is a three mile walk held on Saturday, October 13 at 8:30am (registration at 7:30) at Red Cedar Elementary School in Bluffton. This event is presented by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Bluffton Firefighters Auxiliary. Visit the Facebook page for more information: http://www.facebook.com/LowCountryBreastCancerWalk
- Panera Bread is featuring the “Pink Ribbon Bagel.” It’s made with cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. A portion of proceeds go to benefit breast cancer charities. http://www.panerabread.com/pinkribbonbagel/
- October 1 – 25: The 19th Annual Tanger Pink STYLE Campaign will take place at the Tanger Outlet Center. As part of Tanger’s fundraising efforts, shoppers will be able to purchase Pink Cards for a $1.00 donation each. The Pink Card provides Tanger customers with a 25% discount on a single item at participating stores located at Tanger Outlets Hilton Head. Proceeds from Pink Card sales will be donated to Beaufort Memorial Hospital’s Keyserling Cancer Center and the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Call (866) 665-8679 or visit tangeroutlet.com.
- For a $10 donation, The Hair Designers at Wexford, HHI (843-686-4247), will give you a pink hair extension. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and breast cancer research.
- Pedal in Pink, Spin-It Indoor Cycle classes are from 4-7pm at the Studio: Fitness and Nutrition, 1304 Boundary Street, for a minimum $10 donation on October 25. All proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. There is an after party at Bricks on Boundary at 7pm. Visit http://www.thestudiofitnessandnutrition.com.
- Pink Braces for Cancer: Dr. Skeet Burris of Winning Orthodontic Smiles donates $5 every year for every patient who wears pink rubber bands on their braces. Proceeds go to the Keyserling Cancer Center.
Please comment if you know of any more businesses or events that are raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Beaufort.
The earliest detection of breast cancer can best be achieved by Thermography, not by a mammogram. Mammograms can only detect changes in anatomy, when the cancerous lesion is already at least 1cm, as large as the tip of your finger! “It may take up to ten years for the tumor to grow to a sufficient size to be detectable by either a mammogram or a physical examination,” Dr. Moshe Dekel, MD, asserts in his article, “Breast Thermography – The Mammography Alternative?” Sadly, a yearly mammogram is accepted and touted by the medical establishment, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the media as the best method to detect breast cancer to the point that insurance companies refuse to cover the [safer] alternative. Thermography employs an infrared camera to detect heat from increased blood supply to cancer cells. There is no physical contact with the breasts and no danger from yearly exposure to radiation. Read Dr. Dekel’s article here: http://www.drdekel.com/content/breast-thermography-%E2%80%93-mammography-alternative. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, we must spread the word- women should not be faced with yearly radiation to find a tumor that is already present. Help spread the word to gain support for the alternative and more effective method of Thermography.