Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2011
As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women today, as well as the second leading cause of death in cancer patients (the first being lung cancer). Becoming aware of this disease and obtaining correct information will help individuals detect cancer sooner and increase the amount of survivors in this nation. Although women are the most common gender to be diagnosed with breast cancer, there are cases where men carry this disease. Early detection through a mammography is key to the overwhelming breast cancer survivor rate: over 2.5 million.
People are fighting breast cancer around the world by walking, also called “Making Strides.” According to the American Cancer Society, “Since 1993, nearly 7 million walkers have raised more than $400 million. In 2010 alone, more than 800,000 walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer.” To learn more about breast cancer, including different types, stages, facts and resources, please review the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website: http://www.nbcam.org/ or the official site of the American Cancer Society: http://www.cancer.org/.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, http://ww5.komen.org/, is another leading organization focused on ending breast cancer for good. While fighting breast cancer herself, Susan G. Komen spent most of her time thinking of ways to better improve the lives of women battling the disease. Nancy G. Brinker carried on this devotion even after her sister’s passing. Over $1.9 billion has been invested into the Susan G. Komen foundation since 1982. Susan G. Komen is now “the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.”
Many organizations have teamed up with the American Cancer Society to raise money for breast cancer treatment. The NFL has partnered with the American Cancer Society to promote the importance of annual mammogram screenings for women over 40 to prevent breast cancer and created “A Crucial Catch” campaign to help in the cause. Join your NFL or NCAA football team in the effort when you shop Pink Shirts, Hats, Jewelry, Pink Ribbon Polo Shirts and Jackets, as well as “A Crucial Catch” merchandise. A percentage of the proceeds from every Breast Cancer product sold will go toward finding a cure.