Deanna Hagan

Breast cancer awareness is in full swing this month and many local businesses and employees are donning their pink and taking notice.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and is devoted to increasing awareness and spreading the importance of early breast cancer detection.

Insperity, an organization that provides human resource services to small and medium-sized businesses, is in full support of breast cancer attentiveness throughout its community and headquarters.

Deanna Hagan, regional sales manager of Insperity in Phoenix, said that the company is committed to giving back to the community, and is passionate about enriching the quality of life for others.

"Insperity offers many opportunities for volunteerism and community leadership, and the company encourages all employees to get involved and make a difference in the lives of others," Hagan said.

She explained that, in Phoenix, the company is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month in several ways. Two of Insperity's employees are participating in the 2011 Susan G. Komen Arizona 3-Day for the Cure event, Nov. 11-13. Several employees are volunteering during the 3-Day and many have hosted bake sales and purchased pins to help with fundraising efforts.

"We are very proud that our colleagues are taking the time out of their busy schedules to participate in an event for such a wonderful cause," Hagan said.

In addition, Hagan said the company is encouraging employees to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the Insperity Championship Golf Tournament in Texas this month.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services Cancer Registry, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death and most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, Hagan said. Approximately 111 new cases per 100,000 women are diagnosed each year.

"With these types of statistics in our local community, participating in events and fundraisers like the Susan G. Komen Arizona 3-Day for the Cure is the least we can do to help change the course of breast cancer," Hagan said.

Insperity business performance solutions supports more than 100,000 businesses with over 2 million employees. With 2010 revenues in excess of $1.7 billion, Insperity operates in 56 offices throughout the United States. For more information, visit http://www.insperity.com.

• Kirsten Hillhouse is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.

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