October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease – it does not care about the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, whether you are married or single, pregnant, young, old, or what your political or religious beliefs might be.
About 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
It is estimated that over 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. That’s just this year! Less than 73% of women are getting the recommended breast cancer screening tests. This is a number we must change so that we can reduce this number: 40,000 American women do not survive the battle with breast cancer. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the long-term prognosis.
Did you know that men can also get breast cancer? In fact, for every 100 women, 1 man is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is estimated 2,240 new cases will be diagnosed this year, with 410 deaths resulting from the disease.
But there is Hope!! More than 2,800,000 women have battled and survived breast cancer. Early diagnosis and a strong support system are vital to surviving this devastating disease. Ladies, we know how we are – Family first. Our appointments are the last ones we make. But once a year, let’s have a day for us, a day to ensure our health and ensure we are here to experience all the wonderful things life has to offer us. Husbands, boyfriends, sons, brothers – Encourage the women in your life to take care of themselves and get yearly checkups.
Here’s a list of ways you can help support Breast Cancer Research and Treatment:
Click a Link (Free):
Susan G Komen Atlanta Chapter
National Breast Cancer Organization
Participate in a Walk or Race:
Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer (11th Annual)
October 5 – 6, 2013
Event Website: http://itsthejourney.org/
Phone: (404) 531-4111
Komen Central Georgia Race for the Cure®
Saturday, October 19, 2013
North Peach Park – Byron, GA
Event Website: www.komencentralga.org
Phone: (478) 390-4828
For a full list of Atlanta events throughout the month, visit Access Atlanta at the link below.