Since the first Mother's Day was declared in 1914, millions of women have died from breast cancer. During the month of May and in honor of mothers everywhere, Grant Memorial Hospital will be spreading the word - through pink gloves that its caregivers will be wearing throughout the hospital - that early detection and prevention is key.
It is estimated that breast cancer strikes 1 in 8 women and is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. According to the American Cancer Society, these decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.
Mammographer Cindy Shreve said they use pink colors throughout the mammography department to show support to the women they screen and take care of.
Workers at Grant Memorial Hospital are wearing pink gloves to help raise awareness of breast cancer and its prevention. From left, in front, are Cindy Shreve and Brittany Simmons; and in back are Carolyn Hayes, Paula Rhorbaugh, Sandra Donaldson, Lorena Staggs, Meredith Adkins and Laura Nelson.
"We have to wear gloves when we work with hour patients anyway, so why not pink ones. Plus our purchasing the pink glove product directly helps women across the nation," she said.
The goal is to help raise breast cancer awareness and also help fund free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them. From the purchases of their Pink Glove product, Medline Industries Inc. contributes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that has provided more than 130,000 free screenings since 2004.
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 the second National Pink Glove Dance Competition beginning July 2. More information is available at pinkglovedance.com.