The Northern Michigan Regional Health System Foundation asks community businesses to help raise awareness of breast cancer by encouraging employees to dress comfortably on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
With one in seven women developing breast cancer in her lifetime and men also facing the disease, the key to survival is education and early detection.
Blue Jean Day draws attention to the need for early detection and raises money to help provide lifesaving mammograms to women who are unable to afford them. It also helps to unite the community and provide education about the importance of breast health and early detection.
“Blue Jean Day is a fun and easy way to show your support for breast health awareness,” said Maureen Babrick, team leader of imaging services at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital. “We are asking area businesses to help us reach every member of our community to support breast health and early detection. We hope everyone will join us by participating in Blue Jean Day on Oct. 26 to make a difference in fighting this formidable enemy — breast cancer.”
Participating is easy. Local businesses give their employees the chance to support the Kathleen Jontz Breast Health Fund through the Northern Michigan Regional Health System Foundation by purchasing a $5 sticker and wearing blue jean pants, shirts, skirts and others, on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The fund provides mammograms to women ages 40-64 years old who have no insurance or are under insured and supports breast health educational programs in our community.
Northern Michigan Regional Hospital breast health service physicians and clinicians recommend breast self-examination monthly beginning at age 20; a clinical breast exam every three years between the ages of 20-40; and a yearly mammogram and clinical breast exam beginning at age 40. A woman with a family history of breast disease should consult a physician or clinician regarding more frequent mammograms and an earlier baseline mammogram.
For more information about breast health or to participate in Blue Jean Day 2011, call (800) 248-6777.