Today, in support of breast cancer awareness, the iconic pink ribbon is seen everywhere. And thanks to the courage of survivors, The Cancer Society of the Bahamas, Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group, and thousands of others locally and internationally, awareness of breast cancer can be called an inspiring success.
But as healthcare providers, we know that is not enough. For all the progress that has been made, breast cancer is still, unfortunately, the number two cancer among women. Many of those could have been saved with more knowledge, focus and action on proven prevention and early detection interventions. If all women received regular screenings and early mammograms, the death rate would fall by another 20 to 30 percent.
Ports International continues to make a difference, especially in support of Breast Cancer by providing healthcare workers with pink gloves. The pink gloves are a very visible way to remind women (and men) that breast cancer is still touching lives and that early detection and prevention is still key. Medline was on hand with Ports International for the presentation of the donation of the proceeds from the sale of pink exam to the Cancer Society of the Bahamas.
In addition to raising awareness, those pink gloves help provide free mammograms internationally to women who cannot afford them. The manufacturer, Medline Industries, distributed locally by Ports International, contributes a portion of every box’s price to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, USA, which has provided over 130,000 free screenings since 2004. Medline is also the sponsor of the Pink Glove Dance video that went viral on You Tube last year. Multiple sequels are debuting on PinkGloveDance.com —now featuring both hip-hopping healthcare workers and boogieing breast cancer survivors. “It’s a way to build awareness, celebrate life and embrace the hope we all share,” explained Sue MacInnes, the President of marketing at Medline.
For more information about pink exam gloves, contact Ports International at (242) 377-1771 or visit portsintl.com.