Archive for October, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and Brevard Medical Equipment wants all women to be aware of breast cancer, its risks and how to get screened.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Look at any woman’s health website, women’s magazine and many food packages and you will probably see the famous pink ribbon that represents breast cancer. Jewelry, car magnets, t-shirts and hundreds of other products carry the pink ribbon of support. While people are seeing the ribbon, are they really aware of just how many women deal with breast cancer every year?

Mammograms are the best defense in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection and early treatment greatly increase the odds of survival. Studies show that 98% of women with early stage breast cancer are alive at five years after diagnosis. But little is said about what happens after the five year mark. More recent studies show that an estimated 20% to 30% of women will have a recurrence of their disease.  Many of those will die from the disease.

While women from any race can and do get breast cancer, white women have the highest rate of the disease overall. However under age 45, African American women have a higher incidence of breast cancer that white women.  African American and Hispanic women tend to be diagnosed with later stages breast cancer more than white women and also have larger tumors. Breast cancer rates are the lowest in Asian American and Pacific Islander women.
This information is not meant to scare you or give you a false sense of security, but to inform you and encourage every woman of any race to schedule a mammogram.  Brevard Medical is there for any woman dealing with this disease and stands ready with everything from blood pressure cuffs to wheelchairs.

Brevard- It’s Walk to School Day

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by BrevardBlogger No Comments

National Walk to School Day 2013 is October 9. National Walk to School Day was created to encourage school-aged children to get more exercise naturally by walking to and from school as weather and safety permits.

If you are a parent or grandparent of a school-aged child, Brevard Medical Equipment wants to know what you are planning to do to encourage the children in your life.

Walking to school used to be the rule, not the exception that needed a special day assigned to it. For most people of a certain age, walking or riding your bike to school was what you did. Parents only gave you a ride if the weather was bad or if you were really running late. Most kids today have become accustom to parent as chauffeurs on-call to take them everywhere and to keep them  supplied with snacks and videos while they are getting to where they need to go. Is it any wonder that the rate of childhood obesity is at an all-time high?

Walking to school can be social. Walking with a friend or group is a great way for kids to socialize, assuming they are not texting the whole time. It encourages kids from the same neighborhood to communicate more on a neutral territory. The distance to school seems shorter when you are engaged in conversation. Walking to school with others makes kids more accountable to the other person and less likely to skip or quit school.

Walking is healthy and a natural way to keep in shape at any age. Walking is good for building muscles and strength in growing children. Walking will increase blood flow to the brain before school and give kids a way to strengthen muscles after sitting all day in a classroom.

The best way to encourage your kids or grandkids to walk to school is so to walk with them. Start by walking with them to the school evenings or weekends to learn the route. It’s a great way to get some one-on-one time and will be great experience for both of you!

Brevard Medical Equipment does more than sell walkers, we encourage walking and hopes it lifts your spirits too!