On Sept. 27, 2013, St. Teresa will be supporting breast cancer awareness during its varsity football game at 7 p.m..
Football players and supporters will wear pink at the game in order to encourage their mothers, aunts, grandmothers, and other female friends and family members to get biennial mammograms once they reach the age of 50.
This is the 7th year of Real Men Wear Pink, a breast cancer awareness campaign carried out by St. Mary’s Hospital. Men, and women, are encouraged to wear pink on Friday’s during the month of October.
St. Teresa encourages you through the Real Men Wear Pink campaign to get educated about breast cancer:
- Breast cancer symptoms can include a lump in the breast or underarm, swelling of the breast, irritation of breast skin, redness, pain in the breast, changes in the shape or size of the breast or discharge from the nipple.
- Mammograms are recommended biennially after the age of 50 by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. It is the best test to find breast cancer early as it can take up to three years before breast cancer can be felt. Finding breast cancer early is important. Women desiring screening prior to the age of 50 should speak with their primary care provider.
- Screening for breast cancer can be done at a clinic, hospital or doctor’s office. If you are concerned about cost, you can contact the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at 888-552-1282 or visit www.cancerscreening.illinois.gov to find out about free or low-cost mammograms.
- Lowering your risk for breast cancer can be done by controlling your weight, exercising, knowing your family history and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink.
If you have any further questions about breast cancer symptoms or screening, please speak with your primary care provider.