Par Hawaii partners with American Cancer Society
Sponsored by Par Hawaii
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Hawaii and the United States. Behind lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the state. Starting August 7, NomNom convenience stores will be running a campaign to help the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and all of the proceeds will stay in Hawaii to benefit Hawaii’s families.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and in 2018, the disease claimed 160 lives in Hawaii. When it comes to cancer treatment, access to care and early detection is key and helps save lives.
Last year, 100,000 women in Hawaii were screened for breast cancer, but there are many factors that impede access to cancer screening. Studies show those living in financially disadvantaged communities or those who are less educated face barriers to good care, which affects screening rates and survival rates. When cancer is not detected early and is diagnosed at advanced stages, treatment becomes more difficult.
Sometimes there are no symptoms until cancer has already begun to spread, making screening the best option. It is recommended that women who are 40 years old or older have a mammogram every other year for early detection and successful treatment. This is especially important for certain ethnic groups in Hawaii. Research shows that Native Hawaiians, Filipinos, and Pacific Islanders have higher risks of cancer.
Experts estimate that 1,280 cases of breast cancer will be detected this year in the state and Par Hawaii hopes this fundraiser at its NomNom convenience stores will help increase awareness of the disease. “Cancer touches many families,” says John Peyton with Par Hawaii. “We all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.” He says Par Hawaii’s retail employees, who work in its NomNom convenience stores and Hele and 76 gas stations, wanted to support the American Cancer Society.
The fundraiser at NomNom convenience stores will go through September 4, 2019.