Did you know a 2009 Walter Reed Army Medical Center study found that women in the armed forces have a higher risk of breast cancer than women who have never served? In fact, the sobering statistic is 19 percent higher for white women and 37 percent higher for black women. It’s unknown however, if military women’s risk factors are higher due to increased exposure to hazardous chemicals, hostile territories, stress, etc. or if more diligent medical screenings are needed to help military women detect the disease.
Every two minutes, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer. There are currently three million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. alone. Those numbers are scary enough alone, but when you figure in the greater risk for women who have served in the military, it’s just frightening. So, what do we do? The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is committed to the prevention and cure of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. They invest in research that’s changing how we think about cancer. For every dollar spent, 91 cents is committed to tackling this disease. That means more answers, faster breakthroughs and treatment personalized for every patient. With more than half a billion dollars raised to date, that’s progress.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all want to help, but what can you do? I’ve got an easy one for you. Carpet One has rolled out a line of Welcome A Cure Pink Ribbon Mats. 25 percent of each mat’s price is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The mats retail for $24.99, are whimsical and fun, and made in the U.S. Each mat features a sturdy rubber backing and a pink ribbon to remind people of the cause it supports. All welcome mats are stain and water resistant, machine washable, made in the USA, are suitable for indoor or outdoor use and measure 2’ by 3’. I put the mat I received right inside the front door. We didn’t have one there yet and this one is sturdy enough to stand up to my kids.
So far, the campaign has raised over 1 million dollars for a variety of breast cancer research companies. You can read more about it and see the rugs here (there’s a really cute one for you Navy ladies). The rugs are available all year long though, not just for October. Visit CarpetOne.com for the nearest location to you.
Disclosure: I was provided a mat in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.