As a result of this passion, Sharon Kimrey speaks to groups of women about breast health and fighting breast cancer. On October 12, American Stainless hosted a luncheon for twenty-four of their female employees and invited Sharon to speak. "Wellness programs are an integral part of our company's philosophy in creating a workplace that cares about every aspect of our employee's lives," says Anne Brumley, Human Resources Manager for American Stainless, "that is why we asked Sharon to speak to our organization." Sharon's presentation included information on breast health, early detection, mammograms, risk factors and hospital services.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. Over 211,000 women and 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone. Early detection increases the treatment options and the likelihood of surviving the cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, at the age of 20 women should begin self breast exams, women ages 20-35 should receive clinical breast exams by a licensed healthcare provider every three years, and women 40 years of age and older should have a mammogram and a clinical breast exam every year. All women should perform monthly self breast exams to monitor changes in breast tissue. Suspicious changes or masses should be discussed with your family physician. Risk factors include family history, age, genetics, obesity, menstrual history, and whether that woman never had children or had their first after age 30.
Chesterfield General Hospital provides mammography services to all women in the surrounding area. The Imaging Services department also offers ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which are used to learn more about changes or masses in breast tissues after the initial mammogram. "Janet Rivers and Carol Price are both radiology technologists, that are certified in mammography. They focus on providing mammograms with comfort, care and compassion, and in educating our patients," says Sharon Kimrey, "we are here to serve our community and help women protect their lives." During the month of October, CGH is offering mammograms to women at a discounted price. For more information, contact outpatient scheduling at 320-3397.
American Stainless and Chesterfield General Hospital partner together to support the efforts of the company's Wellness Committee. According to Anne Brumley, "our wellness committee which is comprised of employees from every level and department within the company, is responsible for providing our employees with a healthy snack cart, participating in community activities like the Pee Dee Heart Walk, and hosting health fairs and special speaker presentations." If your organization would be interested in partnering with the hospital to provide special programs, flu shots or other health services to your employees, please contact Jennifer Grogg, Director of Industrial Health.
Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in American women. A woman's chance of surviving breast cancer is greatly improved with early detection and treatment. You owe it to your family, your friends, and to yourself to do all you can to stay informed and have screenings on time. Take the time today to talk to your family physician and schedule a mammogram. A few minutes might save a lifetime.