Welcome to October, the month recognized internationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Pink Lily Cancer Care also observes October to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and encourages women to perform self-examinations and go for their mammograms. We also remind men that they too can develop breast cancer and should also do self examinations.
If you’re not sure how to do self-examination, the nurses at the health centres will be able to help or you can go to your doctor. If you would like a self-examination guide, Pink Lily will be happy to provide one.
When Pink Lily was launched on February 9, 2008 at The Old Manor Hotel in Nevis it was launched as a Breast Cancer Awareness and Support Charity, but on discovering that there were no other cancer awareness organisations to support people with any of the other types of cancer, Pink Lily extended its awareness, support and care services to all cancers affecting men, women, children and families.
Pink Lily has adopted the month of October to host our increasingly popular annual ‘All Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon’.
In addition, Pink Lily hosts, conducts, collaborates or assists with numerous, awareness, support and fund raising activities and encourages the nation as a whole to get on board to become more aware, support the cause and help fight cancer on our Caribbean shores.
As a small nation with limited financial and medical resources it’s important to understand the impact that being diagnosed with cancer has on an individual, their partners, children, family, friends and employers. It affects everyone and anyone at any time. It does not discriminate and it does not care how much money you have, what religion you are, what church you go to, how many children you have, how young or old you are, what professional status you hold or what political party you support.
Cancer develops in many areas of the body. It can start in one place and spread to several places.
If a cancer is detected early it can be treated and cured. If a cancer is diagnosed later it can be treated and life can be prolonged but if a cancer is left undetected and undiagnosed, it will often grow and spread rapidly and can cause discomfort, considerable pain and an early death.
Pink Lily is launching its ‘KNOCK OUT CANCER – KNOW THE SIGNS’ campaign on Wednesday 8th October 2014.
We will be delivering between 44-60 “KNOW THE SIGNS” Island awareness presentations in St. Kitts & Nevis for 17 days and invite all sectors of the community to take advantage of this opportunity to receive this important cancer awareness education.
Pink Lily will be on your favourite radio stations on local television programmes and in various Workplaces – including hotels, banks, supermarkets, other places of business with over 10 members of staff. In Schools, churches, health centres, organizations or community centres where members of the general public and smaller businesses with less than 10 staff can come along to take advantage of this education.
Pink Lily is delivering this awareness and educational programme to highlight the signs and symptoms of several cancers that can affect us at any time. By being aware of the signs, if you suspect something is not right, you can get checked early, get the right advice or treatment and understanding that cancer is no longer a death sentence because the early detection of cancer saves lives!
The Pink Lily ‘KNOW THE SIGNS’ island awareness presentations, conducted by Pink Lily volunteers are provided as one of the many free services offered by Pink Lily Cancer Care
Book your free presentation in your workplace, church, school or a community centre near you.
BE CANCER AWARE
KNOW THE SIGNS.
The Early Detection of Cancer Saves Lives.