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What do Sheryl Crow, Cynthia Nixon, Dame Maggie Smith, Kylie Minogue, Olivia Newton John and Melissa Ethridge have in common?  Besides being famous celebrities, each has faced breast cancer.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Breast cancer touches many of us, if not directly, then it has most likely affected someone you know.  With this in mind, we thought we would offer some fact or fiction statements for you ponder and to see how much you know about this disease.
Which of the following statements are fact, and which are fiction?
1.  Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer.
2.  Men can get breast cancer.
3.  Mammograms are an effective method of breast cancer screening.
4.  If someone in your family has had breast cancer, there is nothing you can do about preventing the disease from happening to you.
1.  Breast cancer is not the most common form of cancer.  This was fiction.  Skin cancer is actually more common and ranks number 1.  However, breast cancer still affects more than 200,000 people annually, unfortunately, taking the lives of 40,000 each year.  This is why it is important to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer:  any change in the shape or size of the breasts and nipples, any pain in the breast area, any discharge other than milk, or a lump in the breast or underarm area.  If someone is experiencing these symptoms they should get to a doctor for an examination as soon as possible.
2.  Men can get breast cancer, although it is more rare.  So this one is a fact.  Only about one percent of breast cancer occurrences happens to men.  The symptoms of breast cancer in men as the same as for a woman.  Men to need to pay attention to these symptoms.  They are easier to ignore as it is less common in men.
3.  Mammograms are an effective method of breast cancer screening.  This is also a fact.  A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast.  While often uncomfortable, a mammogram is capable of detecting very small tumors that may not be able to be felt.  That is why mammograms are often prescribed annually for women over the age of 50.  If there is a family history of breast cancer, or other risk factors are present, mammograms may be recommended starting as young as 35.  Women should not put off getting a mammogram, even if they feel they may not be able to afford it.  The CDC offers low cost or free mammograms.  A link to this program is provided to the right.  Or, you can call Medicare for assistance in getting a mammogram at 1-800-Medicare (800-633-4227).

4.  If a family member has had breast cancer, there are things that can be done to try to prevent contracting the disease.  This statement

was fiction.  Here are some prevention tips:
  • If you smoke – quit now!  Cigarette smoking contributes to a range of diseases, cancer being one of them.
  • Drink alcoholic beverages only in moderation.
  • Control your weight.  Obesity tends to lead to diseases, again, breast cancer being one of them.
  • Exercise.  The Department of Human Health Services recommends 30 minutes of moderately aerobic exercise five times per week.
  • Limit hormone therapy, especially during menopause.
  • Breast feed.  Breast feeding babies is thought to have a proactive effect on preventing cancer.
We have provided some informational links to the right.  We also recommend taking a look at the recent article from USAToday rating breast cancer charities, if you would like to donate to a worthy cause.  And because SCM is located in California, and we can see smoke from the raging wildfires from our office window, we have also provided a link to CalFire Foundation, which provides support to California Fire Fighters, who are risking their lives battling these blazes.
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OSHA will be enforcing the new Silica regulation in September.  Are you ready?  Get your training with SCM’s 
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Cal/OSHA Outreach 30 Hour Trainers!
SCM has two trainers that are available to provide this training to your workers, in English and/or Spanish. See the link here Just call 925-362-2265 to learn more, or email us at
Cal/OSHA General Industry 10 hour Class added to the line-up!  SCM has just added a GISO 10 hour class on October 4 and 5 at our Training Center in San Ramon! Link provided below for signing up!
Upcoming Training At SCM:
There’s Room For You!
Oct 4 – 5: Cal/OSHA

GISO 10 hr $195
December 1: Hazwoper Refresher. $159
Dec 4 – 6:HAZWOPER 24 hr
Dec 4 – 8: 40 hr
Dec 7 – 8:
Oct 12 – 13: Cal/OSHA
Construction 10 hr
* Send 3 or more, get a discount!
You can register online through the links provided, or call our office at 925-362-2265.
2018 Training Calendar is up on the website!  See it here!
SCM supports the Red Cross and the SCM Team is currently involved in donating blood for the Las Vegas shooting victims, and the victims of this year’s hurricane season.  Please join us!
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