Are You Seeing the Signs?
This Pinktober, Sagicor is asking “Are You Seeing the Signs?” Are you seeing any signs of breast cancer? Are you observing your body? “Signs” are reminders of the urgency of getting your checks done. Don’t wait until the signs present themselves, as the best protection is early detection.
Breast self-examination is a convenient, no-cost tool in the arsenal of preventative tools and can be a great addition to an overall breast cancer screening strategy. Breast Self-exams done on a regular basis combined with regular physical exams by a doctor can increase the likely hood of early detection. It can’t be stressed enough the importance of early detection. We share the following resource with you to allow for easy examinations at home if you are unable to make it to your doctor or local screening centre.
For more visit symptoms of breast cancer or our social media channels.
Support the Cause. Purchase a Pinktober Shirt Today
The “Are You Seeing The Signs” campaign continues fund raising efforts through our specially designed t-shirts encouraging our Sagicor friends and family to be more involved. Raise awareness by purchasing and wearing your “Are You Seeing The Signs” Pinktober shirts. Know that proceeds from every sale will go towards the respective Cancer societies across the region.
What are the signs you should be looking for? Here are some signs you should be aware of:
A new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
A change in the size of shape of both breasts
A discharge of fluid from either of your nipple
A lump of swelling in either of your armpits
A change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling, a rash or redness
A rash (like eczema), crusting, scaly or itchy skin or redness on or around your nipple
A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast
Pinktober with Sagicor
Sagicor as a leading insurance and financial institution, continues to support Pinktober and The Fight Against Breast Cancer. In 2020 even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic creative ways were used to engage the community and remind the public we are fighting more than just COVID.
Being mindful of the health and safety protocols, funds were raised to assist the Breast Screening Programme of Cancer Societies across the region, programmes which had seen declines in funding due to the impact of COVID-19. In 2020 Sagicor designed and produced face masks carrying the message “Fighting More Than COVID. Support The Fight Against Breast Cancer”. These were made available to staff and the public with total proceeds going directly to regional Cancer Societies. Fund raising also covered the costs of screening exams for dozens of individuals who otherwise could not afford the service. Early detection has been the saviour of many families, leading to more effective treatments and higher success rates.
Beyond the fund-raising effort Sagicor reached out to the community through signage placed strategically in high traffic locations such as malls and our own offices encouraging people to “Stop and Get Tested.”
For 2021 Sagicor took the Fight Against Breast Cancer one step further, moving from awareness to action with our new theme #CheckYoursOut. This campaign addressed the biggest challenge for Caribbean women in the Fight Against Breast Cancer; not being able to afford proper screenings. Sagicor stepped up and made this a major focus of the #CheckYoursOut campaign.
Early detection is still the main line of defence in the Fight Against Breast Cancer. For our 2022 Pinktober campaign we ask the question “Are You Seeing The Signs?” This theme reflected in our campaign artwork and T-shirts highlights the importance breast cancer screening because sometimes the signs are not always obvious. Don’t wait. The best protection is early detection.
Contact your local cancer society to find out more on how you can help in the fight or seek guidance in your own early detection strategy.
Breast Friends Women in Touch is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It is a survivors’ initiative which provides emotional support to breast cancer survivors, patients, their family and friends through sharing of experiences and information.
Tel: 268-725-2759 (Eunetta Bird)
Mary Joan Foundation
The Barbados Cancer Society
Belize Cancer Society
Fundashon Sinta Ros
Stichting van het Wit Gele Kruis voor Thuiszorg
"Prinses Margriet" (Stichting WGK
3575 Fake Buena Vista Avenue
Tel: +1 (650) 555-0111
Dominica Cancer Society
Grenada Cancer Society
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis Cancer Society
Pink Lily Cancer Association
Nevis 1 (869) 664 3306
UK 44 7795565073
Email [email protected]