EDITORIAL: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The pink ribbon is easily recognized as the symbol for breast cancer awareness and the color pink has become well established with the cause.
Many newspapers, including this one dedicate a significant amout of space during the month of October to articles providing information about breast cancer awareness. Some newspapers go so far as print an entire edition on pink newsprint.There is a good reason why.
Being informed is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight this awful disease.
Breast cancer will not, and cannot be ignored.
According to breastcancer.org, more than 42,000 women are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer. In 2020, it’s estimated that 30 percent of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers and that about 1 out of every 8 women in the United States who reach the age of 80 will develop invasive breast cancer.
These numbers are our mothers, sisters, daughters, friends and next-door neighbors.
Cancers are a group of diseases that cause cells in the body to change and grow out of control. Causes and cures for this horrific disease are still prayers away; however, physicians and medical experts are in agreement that continued progress against breast cancer is dependent upon the application of existing knowledge of risk reduction, early detection and treatment, as well as continued research into how to prevent, detect and treat the disease.
While our community focuses on breast cancer awareness every October — remembering those we’ve lost, sharing stories of survivors, raising funds for research, prevention and outreach — the battle against breast cancer is year-round.
Breast cancer can strike anyone, regardless of socio-economics, race or age.
Breast cancer can strike any woman, at any time, and men as well.
It strikes co-workers, neighbors, friends and family.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month should not be considered for a few weeks each year in the fall then ignored the remaining 11 months of each year.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is about raising awareness, sharing prevention information and helping fund research.
It’s important, but we shouldn’t limit that to October.
We should take a cue from breast cancer survivors, from their friends, family and medical team.
Their fight against breast cancer sometimes takes years, and regular checkups are alwasy necessary .
We should approach it the same way.
We must take precautions, we must support our fighters and survivors and we must continue supporting and funding research until there is a cure.
In closing, we remind everyone that early detection is one of the most important things you can do in combating breast cancer. We urge you to practice regular breast cancer screening. Your life may depend on it.