As the end of October approaches, Sigma Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., St. Thomas-St. John, takes this opportunity to remind everyone that this is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The month is dedicated to increasing public knowledge about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. National Mammography Day (MAD), which recognized its 26th anniversary on Oct. 18, serves as a reminder to all women that mammograms are the best method of early detection of breast cancer.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, under the leadership of Dr. Glenda Glover, international president, is focusing on breast cancer awareness through its 2018-2022 International Program: Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service, Women’s Health and Wellness Target, which seeks to raise awareness about the effects of breast cancer and encourages women ages 40 – 44 to begin annual screening mammography. The sorority also seeks to help 100,000 women to share information concerning breast cancer and increase awareness regarding the risk factors that contribute to breast cancer.
Locally, the chapter observed a Breast Cancer Awareness Impact Day on Oct. 7 and participated in a Cancer Walk on Oct. 6. AKA encourages everyone to wear pink during this month and to encourage loved ones to get their annual mammograms as we all celebrate with the many survivors in the community.
“We want to make a difference by encouraging the community, especially women, to schedule and have a mammogram done. Early detection saves lives.” stated Lucille Parsons, president of Sigma Theta Omega Chapter.
For more information, contact Lucille Parsons at 626-4241 or Elisa Hodge, public relations officer, at 771-5332 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.