County goes pink to support breast cancer awareness

KINGMAN - Mohave County employees were sporting pink shirts and jeans Friday to show their support for breast cancer awareness.

Every year, the county participates in Lee National Denim Day as a means to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Started about five years ago by Occupational Health and Benefits Manager Chris Renner, she said it is their way of getting the message out there and supporting a worthy cause.

According to information released by Entertainment Industry Foundation Initiatives' Women's Cancer Programs, "Lee National Denim Day is the largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer, a disease that impacts countless lives every year."

Every year, Renner said she encourages employees to participate. They have lost many staff members to breast cancer over the years and lost a male and female employee to the disease within a year of each other.

"That really struck it home for the guys," she said. It was a wake-up call for them, she said, in that cancer doesn't care if you are male, female, black, white or anything in between. It can strike anywhere, anytime.

They ask for donations from the county staff each year and started selling bracelets last year. All donations are given in one lump sum check from Mohave County.

This year, Renner is also taking this day as an opportunity to push information about the most aggressive and least known form of breast cancer - inflammatory breast cancer.

This particular form is known as a silent killer because it is the only type that is not signified by a lump and is not detected in a mammogram. Some signs are rapid increase in size, persistent itching, inverted nipples and what is often mistaken for mosquito bites on the breasts.

Renner said it is important of everyone to discuss this form of cancer with your doctor and find out what to look for. On a short-term basis, a video giving further information about this cancer can be found on the county Web site.

Sponsored by Lee Jeans, this fundraiser donates all proceeds and independent donations to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.