Schriever Air For Base goes pink for education
Oct 12, 2011
Health representatives at the Schriever Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, are doing their part to help educate base members and their families about breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness month, Schriever Air Force Base News reports.
According to Staff Sergeant Vanessa Arthur, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Health and Wellness Center on base, women who make certain dietary changes could help lower their risk of developing the disease.
"We are going to hold information tables outside the dining facility and during the Schriever Expo and Information Fair," Arthur told the publication. "Also during our cooking demo this month we will include items to help reduce cancer risk."
Cancerproject.org reports that 35 to 50 percent of cancer diagnoses could have been prevented through making dietary changes.
Arthur told the new outlet that women should try to incorporate more dry beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables into their diets in order to lower their chances. However, she knows the risk is still present, so members of the center are also teaching women other ways to detect the presence of breast cancer.
"Women should be doing monthly breast exams," Arthur told the news source. "We will also have a mock breast at our information booths to help people understand how a lump may feel so they know what to feel for during examinations."