Worksite Wellness Sites Helping Create a Future Free of Breast Cancer

Many organizations acress Great Falls and neighboring counties are joining the movement to create a healthier work environment through worksite wellness programs. Three of these sites include Great Falls Police Department; Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens; and the Chouteau County Health Department. During the month of October, the sites will be brining awareness of breast cancer and the importance of screening and early detection to their employees.

“The City-County Health Department is working in partnership with these worksites through the Montana Cancer Control Programs,” says Penny Paul, Community Health Education Specialist. “The wellness teams at each of these sites are doing their part to help bring greater awareness to this disease.”

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2013 there will be 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in U.S. women, resulting in 39,620 deaths from the disease. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women.

According to ACS, breast cancer is rare in men. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. Risk factors include aging, family history inherited gene mutations and congenital conditions. Warning signs are similar to those of women.

During October you will notice pink ribbons on our local police officers’ partrol cars, and each site will have awareness day activities during the month. They know that increasing awareness saves lives, but these worksites also practice prevention through healthy living options for their employees.

“The men and women of the Great Falls Police Department fully support the effort to create more public awareness about this ugly disease and how it affects so many men and women each year,” says Chief David Bowen. “The visibility of our police cars and building decorated with pink ribbons will help remind our citizens how important screening and early detection is for both men and women.”

Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens (JCCS) has chosen to promote both breast cancer screenings and awareness through their Worksite Wellness Program. “We have all been touched and lives impacted by someone we know or love who has had to courageously fight this disease,” says Marilyn Bradshaw, Human Resources Director. “It affects us all, and especially the forgotten victims, the husbands and children.”

A few quick reminders:

  • Know your risk for certain cancers
  • Get screened
  • Know what is normal for you
  • Avoid tobacco
  • Eat right, get active

For more information, visit CCHD’s Cancer Control Program page.