October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which supports a global campaign to raise awareness and support for the women and men who are affected by this disease. Whether you are a survivor, newly diagnosed, or know a loved one with breast cancer, having a supportive community that encourages conversation and hope is valuable.
We’re proud to partner with the American Cancer Society, a nationally recognized leader in breast cancer research and its Making Strides movement. The organization is helping to ensure greater access to care while providing support to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Through our Perficient Gives Charitable Match program, all colleagues located in the United States can make a donation, matched by Perficient, to the American Cancer Society or a charity of their choosing.
Perficient and our colleagues recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month through a variety of programming efforts and awareness campaigns. These efforts include sharing informational resources, organizing knowledge-sharing events, and wearing the color pink. Continue reading to learn more about how our colleagues and partners are making a difference. First, let’s learn more about breast cancer and Perficient’s partnership with the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society’s Mission
For three decades, the American Cancer Society has grown its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement to spread awareness and hope for a world free from breast cancer. Volunteers participate in three-five-mile walks to support breast cancer survivors and those living with metastatic breast cancer, as well as caregivers and family members.
By uniting our communities, we can provide hope by funding groundbreaking breast cancer research, providing access to treatment information, and sharing inspirational stories. Together, we’re making a difference in the fight against breast cancer and providing access to equitable healthcare for women.
What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a disease where cells in breast tissues begin to change, often resulting in a lump or mass. Most breast lumps are classified as benign and are malignant, or non-cancerous. However, one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. This makes it imperative to maintain regular checkups with a trusted medical professional. If breast cancer is detected at a beginning stage, the risk of a challenging journey with cancer reduces significantly.
According to the American Cancer Society more than:
- 290,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year,
- 4 million breast cancer survivors are living in the United States alone, and
- 150,000 breast cancer patients are living with metastatic disease.
It’s important to prioritize an early screening to detect breast cancer. Completing regular screening, such as a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, or biopsy, can catch the disease in its most treatable stage. We encourage all people to make a medical appointment if they are experiencing symptoms or signs of breast cancer.
There are a wide range of treatment options available, and staying educated is important. Medical facilities can provide greater access to patient treatment and care with advanced technology, which is why donations can have a significant impact on the quality of life.
Perficient Inspires Colleagues to Join the Fight to End Breast Cancer
No matter how large or small, every action has the potential to drive change. In collaboration with Perficient’s Giving ERG, our global offices shared their support by wearing pink during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Colleagues in our Lafayette office enjoyed sporting pink and supporting the cause, while taking a break from their daily routine.
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Perficient’s offices in Latin America placed informational signs throughout the shared workspace. The team also planned virtual a knowledge-sharing session to communicate about the resources available.
During the virtual session, a trained specialist shared tools for detecting breast cancer at an early stage. Colleagues discovered the importance of self-examination as well as identifying risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms.
“I enjoyed the talk about breast cancer,” said Alejandra Gómez Moscoso, senior business analyst. “The speaker was approachable and didactic. She clarified doubts, and it helped me to become more aware of self-examination. Having at this moment a friend who is in this process of fighting breast cancer was also a reminder to attend the talk with more openness.”
Our Partnerships Can Make a Difference
From volunteering, fundraising, and participating in motivational events, there are many ways to get involved with the American Cancer Society’s mission to end breast cancer. Through Perficient’s partnership with former LGPA player and current golf analyst Morgan Pressel, we are driving impact and change for women across the globe.
As founder of the Morgan Pressel Foundation, she uses her influence in the industry to make a significant impact in the fight against breast cancer while serving as an inspiration to women from all walks of life.
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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women empowerment, and Perficient’s promise to prioritize growth for everyone, Perficient recently curated a panel of women leaders to discuss advice for career advancement and women empowerment. Moderated by Morgan, influential women shared knowledge on key factors expediting industry growth, the importance of networking, and advice for leading by example.
Perficient and Adobe recently hosted a private golf clinic where participants could share inspiring stories and network with other like-minded professionals. The event featured a brunch, fireside chat, and golf clinic with Morgan.
Empowering women to believe that they can achieve their dreams is important, and through our Women in Technology Employee Resource Group (ERG) we can provide a platform for women and allies to share their experience with others. Members of the group are encouraged to build connections, collaborate, and network with leaders and peers within Perficient.
By facilitating educational opportunities and group knowledge-sharing events, colleagues are encouraged to continue learning outside of their daily responsibilities. Whether it is providing helpful resources, or shedding light on important topics, we’re proud to provide access to materials that can accelerate growth for women in the STEM field.
Perficient challenges, champions, and celebrates the unique ways that we can accelerate growth in the community. Every action has the potential to drive change, and we all have the power to make a difference. While October has come to a close, we encourage everyone to share their support throughout the year.
At Perficient, we continually look for ways to champion and challenge our talented workforce with interesting projects for high-profile clients, encourage personal and professional growth through training and mentoring, and celebrate our people-oriented culture and the innovative ways they serve Perficient and the community.