Special pretzels for caring about your health
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, women undergoing a mammogram at Cuda Women’s Health Center in Hyannis and Fontaine Medical Center will receive a chocolate-dipped pretzel courtesy of Pocasset Pretzel Company’s owner Claudine Wrighter.
Wrighter, 39, went public earlier this year with her story about undergoing surgical removal of her ovaries, fallopian tubes and breasts after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene- a relatively rare mutation that significantly increases the lifetime risk of developing both ovarian and breast cancer.
Realizing the lack of knowledge and misinformation about the importance of women’s health screening, Wrighter wanted to acknowledge the act of receiving a mammogram. It is her hope that this sweet treat will serve as a small reward for women who took the initiative to undergo this important test. She also hopes to inspire conversations about genetic risk, something she knew little about until her own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.
“I designed the pretzel to include a pink ribbon drizzle over dark chocolate to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month. I expect to donate 1,500 during the month alone! I hope that women receiving them, or those reading this, will be inspired to continue to take care of themselves. Screening is important and can save your life. I am certain it saved mine,” said Wrighter.
It is recommended that any woman 40 years and older should be screened for breast cancer annually. Women with a family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or genetic risk should talk to her primary care doctor or gynecologist to discuss the options available to ensure maintaining optimal health.
Mammograms are provided locally at the Cuda Women’s Health Center and the Seifert Women’s Health and Imaging Center at Falmouth Hospital.
Images courtesy of Pocasset Pretzel Co.