BIPOC Experience Higher Cancer Death Rates, American Cancer Society Study Finds

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Friday, October 7, 2022 2:04 PM October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and new data from the American Cancer Society shows that the rate of cancer among women continues to drop, however, there continues to be a rise in cancer among women of color. 

The study published in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians found that breast cancer rates dropped by 43 percent from 1989 to 2020. Despite this, the number of cases among Black women continue to raise concern, with BIPOC being 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-blacks.

After lung cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. For women of color, it is the leading cause of death by cancer. Approximately 287,850 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,250 will die. 

Though black women have the lowest rate of breast cancer incidences at 127.8 vs 133.7 per 100,000, they have a 40 percent higher mortality rate at 27.6 vs 19.7 per 100,000. For women over 50 this number increases significantly, reaching 12.1 vs. 6.5 per 100,000, a trend that has not changed since 2011. 

The report also found that the number of breast cancer cases has risen by 0.5 percent a year since 2004, with most presenting as localized-stage and hormone-receptor-positive disease.

The total death rate dropped 43 percent between 1989 and 2020 due to early detection through screening and early detection. This pace has slowed, however, from 1.9 percent to 1.3 percent annual due to a higher incident rate. 

The study showed that Black women have the lowest 5-year survival rate of all ethnic and racial groups and that American Indian and Alaska Native women were the least likely to be diagnosed at a rate of just 17 percent, however, 4 percent were more likely to die of the disease compared to white women.

The Digital Strategy of Silhouette Pushes the Drive-to-Store Experience

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Friday, October 7, 2022 9:00 AM To satisfy modern consumers who have changed their purchasing habits, Silhouette has created Click & Collect, a hybrid shopping initiative combining the online and offline experiences. Alongside Click & Collect, the company is launching an online shop for sunglasses, with home delivery.

National Association for the Blind Announces Suppliers of the Year Honorees

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:27 AM National Association for the Blind honors Suppliers of the Year; IAPB encourages all to #LoveYourEyes for World Sight Day; ECP’s gross revenue decreased, Jobson Tracker says; Prevent Blindness declares October is Contact Lens Safety Month; and new investor takes majority stake in EyeSouth Partners all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Silmo Organizers Report Rise in International and French Attendance at Silmo 2022 Exhibition

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:18 AM PARIS—The organizers of the recently-concluded Silmo Paris 2022 exhibition, held at the end of September, reported that the show was "The recovery edition. The figures are now in and they surpass all expectations.

Toxic Beauty Standards Are Costing the U.S. Economy $501 Billion Annually

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 1:54 PM Toxic beauty standards continue to pervade media, affecting women and girls as young as 10 years old. A new report by Dove found that harmful beauty standards are leading to increased body dissatisfaction and appearance based discrimination. 

Evidence showed that this unrealistic view of perfect has cost the U.S. economy $305 billion due to body dissatisfaction and $501 billion due to appearance-based discrimination. This was only mitigated by an inflation rate of 3.9 percent annually. 

Among the key findings of the study named “The Real Cost of Beauty Ideals,” were a major impact on the health care system totaling $84 billion and $221 billion in loss of well-being due to factors such as depression, suicide attempts, smoking, anxiety, eating disorders and alcohol and drug abuse. 

It is women who are bearing the brunt of these costs at a rate of 58 percent or $177 billion. These rates are even higher among women of color and women who are considered overweight or obese, at a rate of 63 percent for POC and 34 million for overweight individuals. 

Women of color are 3.4 times more likely to be judged as “unprofessional” due to their hair color, compared to non-Black women.

Eye Recommend Acquires Digital ECP

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 9:00 AM Doctors Eye Care Co-Op Ltd. (operating as Eye Recommend) and Digital ECP Inc. announced that Eye Recommend has acquired Digital ECP Inc. effective September 30, 2022. As a leading network of independent optometrists across Canada, Eye Recommend provides business management and personal resources for members to grow and be successful.

IAPB and Its Member Organizations Escalate Efforts to Encourage All to #LoveYourEyes in Advance of Oct. 13 World Sight Day

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—With less than one week until 2022's World Sight Day, Oct. 13, organizations, companies, employees and thousands of eyecare professionals are revving up their efforts to support the global initiative, to help raise funds to underpin programs and awareness building efforts to draw attention to the value of vision and access to quality care and vision correction products to millions of underserved people. Among those, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and its member organizations have been amplifying their messaging and advocacy over the past months to shine an international spotlight on the issue.

Zenni Surpasses 50 Million Pairs of Glasses Sold and Releases New Mobile App

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:27 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni, the online eyewear retail leader, said this week that it has recently eclipsed 50 million pairs of glasses sold since its launch in 2003, signaling its continued growth and ability to scale in a competitive market landscape.

Visionix USA Moves to Newly Expanded North American Headquarters

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:24 AM LOMBARD, Ill.—Visionix USA, formerly Luneau Technology USA and Optovue Inc., is moving to a new and expanded center of operations in Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Warby Parker Enters Into Credit Agreement to Provide for Revolving Credit Facility

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker (NYSE: WRBY) announced via an SEC filing on Oct. 4 that on Sept. 30 Warby Parker, Inc. and Warby Parker Retail, Inc.  entered into a credit agreement with lenders which provides for a revolving credit facility with borrowing capacity up to $100 million at any time outstanding.

The Vision Council Opens Registration for the 2023 Executive Summit, Taking Place January 9-11 in Austin, Texas

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Thursday, October 6, 2022 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council announced that registration is now open for the 2023 Executive Summit, taking place January 9-11, 2023 at a new host site, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, an iconic Texas Hill Country luxury resort just outside of downtown Austin, Texas. “The Executive Summit will gather the leaders of the optical industry to kick off 2023 and set the agenda for a successful year ahead,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council.

Women Now Outnumber Men in the U.S. College-Educated Labor Force

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:45 PM Women have overtaken men and now account for more than half (50.7 percent) of the college-educated labor force in the United States, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data. The change occurred in the fourth quarter of 2019 and remains the case today, even though the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a sharp recession and an overall decline in the size of the nation’s labor force.

Today, there are more women ages 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or more education in the labor force than before the pandemic: 31.3 million in the second quarter of 2022, compared with 29.1 million in the same quarter of 2019. The number of college-educated men ages 25 and older in the labor force is also greater than before the pandemic—30.5 million, up from 29.1 million—though their ranks have not increased as quickly as those of women.

The upshot of these disparate changes in the labor force by gender and education is that women have increased their representation in the college-educated labor force since 2019. At the same time, there has not been much change in the gender composition of the labor force that has some college or less education.

Nirvan Javan Expands its Sales Network in Europe

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 9:38 AM With a strong presence in the DACH countries—Switzerland, Austria and Germany—which are confirmed as the main markets for its eyewear collections, the Swiss brand Nirvan Javan has recently widened its distribution to new countries, both with direct sales agents and distribution agreements.

The National Average for Gross Revenue at ECP Locations Decreased for the Week of Sept. 26-Oct. 2, Jobson’s Latest Practice Performance Tracker Shows

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The national average for gross revenue at ECP locations decreased last week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2 at a rate of -2 index points. That places gross revenue at a level 7 index points above where it was at this point in time (Week 40) when compared with last year, equal to the same period in 2020, and 11 points above 2019. All optical sales categories, except one, were down last week when compared with the previous week. The contact lenses category experienced the only increase last week, by 4 index points.

Transitions Optical to Host ‘Day of Education’ in November

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:21 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical will host “A Day of Education” on Wednesday, November 2. The online event will include various sessions between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.