Worksite Wellness Sites Work to Create a Future Free from Breast Cancer

Many organizations across Great Falls are joining the movement to create a healthier work environment through worksite wellness programs. The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) is working in collaboration with two of these sites, which include Great Falls Police Department and Great Falls Public Works Department. During the month of October both of these sites will be promoting awareness of breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection to their employees. 

The statistics help highlight the significance of increasing breast cancer awareness.  In 2011, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reported that 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women in the U.S., and approximately 39,520 died from the disease. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.  Also, breast cancer may be rare in men, but it can occur and be very serious.  ACS reports about 2,140 cases and approximately 450 deaths in men from the disease.

Throughout the month of October, residents may notice pink ribbons on Police Department’s patrol cars and on Public Work’s trucks.  “The men and women of the Great Falls Police Department fully support the effort to create more public awareness about such a life threatening disease,” says Captain Bryan Lockerby.  “The visibility of our police cars decorated with pink ribbons will help remind our citizens how important screening and early detection is”.

These efforts at increasing awareness can save lives and help promote health with employees and the community as a whole.  In addition, these worksites are also working hard to promote prevention through living options for their employees.  “Public Works is committed to educating our employees to make healthy life choices and encouraging employees and their families to seek screenings”, says Dee Strending, Public Works Administration.

For more information, please call Penny Paul at (406) 452-0881 x 308 or visit CCHD’s Cancer Control page.