Friday is the official observation of National Red Dress Day around the globe.
The day is organized as a part of The Heart truth Campaign of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of which is to raise awareness of heart disease in women, states a press release.
The message of the campaign is ‘Heart Disease Doesn’t Care What You Wear – It’s the No. 1 Killer of Women’. It is a little known fact that heart disease including heart attack and stroke, is one of the principal causes of death in women around the world.
There are many causes of heart disease and one of the primary risk factors for the development of heart disease is cigarette smoking. Research shows that women who smoke are two to six times as likely to suffer a heart attack as non-smoking women, and women smokers have a higher relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease than men do.
The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is committed to helping both men and women to quit smoking and improve their health, reducing their risk of developing heart disease, cancers and other medical conditions as a consequence.
The Cancer Society invites men and women in the Cayman Islands to ‘Wear Red’ Friday and show their support for this important health issue.
For more information on the health effects of smoking or smoking cessation contact the Cayman Islands Cancer Society at 949-7618.