The Generation Pink Exam Gloves are provided by Medline Industries, which donates a dollar to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) for each case of gloves purchased.
“We are helping raise awareness for breast cancer prevention,” said Allison Duckworth, Richmond Memorial’s chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. “The educational outreach on this pressing issue is as important as raising money for the cause.”
All three FirstHealth hospitals – Montgomery Memorial in Troy and Moore Regional in Pinehurst, as well as Richmond Memorial – now use the pink gloves. The gloves are also used by the staffs of the FirstHealth Outpatient Oncology Center and the FirstHealth Specialty Centers in Pinehurst.
Medline is the leading provider of exam gloves in the U.S. The new Generation Pink exam glove features a patented third-generation technology, an advanced polymer formulation that offers outstanding sensitivity along with a unique softness and flexibility.
Over the past five years, Medline has donated more than $500,000 to the NBCF as part of its campaign to promote awareness and early detection of breast cancer. Raising breast cancer awareness among nurses is a key goal of the campaign since nurses are not only caregivers but also influencers of women when it comes to early detection.
One of the most common types of cancer among women, breast cancer takes the lives of about 40,000 women annually. The disease has many risk factors, including age, genetics, obesity and family history; however, women who exercise regularly, maintain healthy diets and have regular visits with their doctors may be less likely to get breast cancer.
Early detection can increase the five-year survival rate by more than 95 percent, and mammography is among the best forms of screening. The NBCF funds free mammograms for women who could otherwise not afford them and supports research programs in leading facilities across the country.