As you stroll through stores this October, you may notice quite a lot of pink. From cookware to scarves to music players, more and more companies are thinking pink this year to support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).
As a resource for the inventing community, InventHelp® recognizes the importance of future innovations and medical breakthroughs. This month, InventHelp honors NBCAM, which for more than two decades has built breast cancer awareness and educated women about early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
When breast cancer is detected early, a woman's chances of survival are best. Treatments for breast cancer vary based on the individual, but it is commonly treated with chemotherapy. One of the most well known side effects of chemotherapy is hair loss (alopecia). While alopecia caused by chemotherapy is temporary, it can have a negative impact on a woman's self-esteem.
InventHelp client Jodi Pliszka understands this struggle all too well. You may remember Jodi from the ABC show American Inventor, where she was one of only 12 finalists who won $50,000 to further develop her invention prototype.
Around her 20th birthday, Jodi lost all of the hair on her entire body. While her alopecia is not related to breast cancer or chemotherapy treatments, she can empathize with women who are coping with the problem.
Many cancer patients and women with alopecia choose to wear wigs. As a Tae Kwon Do enthusiast, Jodi became frustrated when her wigs would become saturated with perspiration during her workouts.
She thought about the problem and developed the HEADLINE IT!, an absorbent pad that contours to the head and fits under the wig.
"There is no better gift in life than to know what your purpose is," said Jodi. "Losing my hair has helped me to find a mission in life, and that is helping others like myself. My invention provides physical comfort for women who are undergoing chemotherapy and struggling on their journey with breast cancer."
Read more about American Inventor finalist Jodi Pliszka.
We at InventHelp encourage you to take an active role in keeping yourself healthy. Every year, InventHelp employees take part in the annual Komen Race for the Cure®, which is designed not only to generate money for breast cancer research, but to promote public awareness of the disease and stress the crucial importance of early detection.