October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is a month of several national health observances that remind us to review our personal wellness management and perhaps make a few needed adjustments for our health and well-being. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a great time to schedule breast cancer screenings. It is also Chiropractic Health Month, Dental Hygiene Month, and Liver Awareness Month – all worthy of our attention.

But, let us first take a moment to recap our staff members’ September celebrations and accomplishments. We would like to congratulate the following employees for their years of service at DataCeutics/Navitas Data Sciences. We appreciate your dedication and hard work which contributes greatly to our success!

  • Kathy Greer – 20 years
  • Jeff Dickinson – 17 years
  • Harpreet Sohal – 10 years
  • Bruce Thomas – 9 years
  • Joe Stringfellow – 8 years
  • John Gerlach – 7 years
  • Tricia Datte – 6 years
  • Alison Kellock – 2 years
  • Joe Gleason – 1 year

We are very pleased to have received several thank you letters from our clients this past month and are filled with gratitude for having such an amazing group of talented individuals working for us.

Congratulations to Jason Bishop and Edward Stamm on the wonderful Thank You from our client! We value and appreciate your excellent support, (weekend) time, outstanding technical skills, and dedication to delivering under tight timelines.

Kudos to Gary Shultz on the Recognition from our client! We are extremely appreciative of your great performance in meeting tight timelines and responding promptly to urgent needs.

We congratulate Beth Reinbolt on the outstanding feedback from our client. We are as impressed with your leadership, great attitude, and hard work as they are. You make us proud!

Congratulations to Min Gong on being nominated for a Genentech Mission Impossible Thank You Reward! This is a rare honor from our client, and we are very proud of you and your hard work.

If you have not met Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst, Barry Brolley in person, you should take a few minutes and get to know him by reading our latest Employee Spotlight. He has a variety of fascinating interests and accomplishments that are having positive effects on other people's lives. There are some spectacular photos of Barry’s mountain climbing expeditions, too! You can read the Employee Spotlight here: Senior Statistical Programmer Analyst Barry Brolley Tackles Several Lifetimes of Bucket Lists

Now we would like to focus our attention on Breast Cancer Awareness

The American Cancer Society warns that “breast cancer is the most common cancer that women may face in their lifetime (except for skin cancer). It can occur at any age, but the risk goes up with age. Because of certain factors, some women may have a greater chance of having breast cancer than others. But every woman should know about breast cancer and what can be done about it.”

The Susan G. Komen Foundation reports that “Women in the U.S. have a "1 in 8” (or about 12 percent) lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. This means for every 8 women in the U.S., 1 will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.”

As alarming as those statistics are, there are a number of things that can be done to stack the odds in your favor. While some risk factors, such as genetics and reproduction, are out of our control, other factors, such as healthy lifestyle choices and regular exercise, are believed to reduce cancer risk significantly.

Healthy lifestyle choices and regular exercise, are believed to reduce cancer risk significantly.

Healthline.com offers some great general wellness tips in their article, 27 Health and Nutrition Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based that may guide you to a longer, healthier, and happier life. They report that “a few simple steps can go a long way to improve your diet and wellness. If you’re trying to live a healthier life, don’t just focus on the foods you eat. Exercise, sleep, and social relationships are also important.”

While a healthy diet extremely important, don’t just focus on the foods you eat. Exercise, sleep, and social relationships are also important.

This from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:

More than two dozen studies have shown that women who exercise have a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of breast cancer than their sedentary peers. The female hormone estrogen seems to play a key role. Women with high estrogen levels in their blood have an increased risk for breast cancer. Since exercise lowers blood estrogen, it helps lower a woman’s breast cancer risk. Exercise also reduces other cancer-growth factors such as insulin.

Even older women need to be concerned about estrogen because after menopause the hormone is produced by fat cells. Women who exercise have less fat and therefore produce less estrogen. With more than 150,000 new breast-cancer cases reported in the United States each year, preventing cancer through exercise is one of the best ways a woman can take charge of her health.

Indisputably, early detection is one of the most important factors that increase breast cancer survival. We encourage all members of our staff to schedule a screening (mammogram or ultrasound) during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we urge you to speak to your doctor about regular self-examination and other steps you can take to lower your cancer risk. The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers a free guide, “Know the Symptoms” which provides a checklist and other valuable information for early detection. You may order it by clicking the link above.

We encourage all members of our staff to schedule a screening during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Although breast cancer in men is very rare, the mortality rate of men with breast cancer is quite high, mostly because men are less aware, so it often goes undiagnosed, causing a delay in treatment. Men and women alike should seek testing from their physician immediately if they detect a hard lump on their chest, most commonly underneath the nipple and areola.

As those members of our team who are breast cancer survivors already know, the best weapon after diagnosis is a positive attitude – everything seems to fall into place after that. To our survivors: we salute you and admire your courage and strength, and we support you in your continued fight by spreading awareness and encouraging testing during this Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Stay safe, active, and healthy!