OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH.
'Love Your Wahines
' is more than just our holiday campaign, it's a call to action for all women to remember that self care, health and wellness have to be a priority in life. Sure we mean the occasional treat yourself moments, spa days, and social media cleanses; but more importantly we are talking about annual check ups specific to women: pap smears and mammograms.
According to Health.com
, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts that issues evidence-based guidelines on disease prevention, recommends that women ages 21 to 65 get a pap smear every three years. The test detects abnormal changes in cervical cells that might signal pre-cancer or early cancer. As far as mammograms, there is still debate as to when women should start getting them, and decision to start screening earlier or later in life, according to the
USPSTF, is a decision that "should be an individual one" based on personal risk such as family history.
Of course, the earlier the better right?! This is where amazing organizations like Komen Hawai'i
come in, working to improve the lives of women and girls of Hawai'i by providing breast cancer awareness and education.
The mission of Susan G. Komen Hawai'i
is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer
In the spring of 2017, Komen Hawai'i became a grant recipient of Women's Fund of Hawai'i. The funds they received were specifically used to extend their Komen Hawai'i Community Breast Health Education Project with goals of achieving better breast health, increased screenings and the early detection of breast cancer in Hawai'i's diverse communities by addressing cultural and linguistic barriers to care.
In an effort to reach the Native Hawaiian population in medically underserved communities, 'chichi-chats' were developed as a means to deliver information, and peer educators were trained. Komen Hawai'i also created an important and impressive brochure in 'ōlelo Hawai'i as part of their WFH grant.
When you donate to Women's Fund of Hawai'i
, you aren't just supporting one non-profit, you're supporting 100's of organizations statewide, like Komen Hawai'i
, who work to improve the lives of women and girls statewide. For a full list of current and past WFH grantees, visit their website HERE