Race For The Cure
On September 22, 2018 the annual Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure, was held in Charleston, South Carolina. The Race For The Cure is held annually in support of breast cancer awareness, research, education, and advocacy. The race itself is actually a series of 5K runs and walks. The Race For The Cure is an opportunity to show your support of family and friends who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition to showing support, it is also a good way to learn more about the disease, above all.
The Race For The Cure was started in 1983 with 800 participants in Dallas, Texas. Over the years the movement has spread globally to more than 1.6 million participants across four continents. This year it is expected that there will be 140 races globally. Although events are unique in each country, however they all share the same goal.
This year, as well as the past 2 years, I have had the honor to participate alongside my family, in the Race For The Cure. Like every year, it is heart filling to be amongst a sea of pink shirts and pink ribbons, gathered together for one cause. Moreover, it is a reminder of the battle that myself and so many other courageous women also fought.
Find a race in a city near you to show your support for breast cancer. Every two minutes a woman is the US is diagnosed with breast cancer. Furthermore remember that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Become educated. Learn about the disease, so that you are aware of your risk factors.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is designated as breast cancer awareness month nationally. October was first designated as breast cancer awareness month back in 1985. It is now my favorite month. Not only is it my birthday month, but this month now has special meaning to me, as a breast cancer survivor.
Breast Cancer Awareness Facts
One in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Ironically this means that among a group of eight friends, it is likely that one of them will develop breast cancer.
This year it is estimated that over 252,000 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Consequently, it is estimated that over 41,000 people will die of breast cancer this year.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Moreover, it is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women.
Breast cancer is treatable if detected early. In fact, there is a 98% survival rate if detected early.
October is dedicated to breast cancer awareness. To help raise that awareness, my goal this month is to share breast cancer facts throughout the month. As we know, knowledge is power and it is important to know your risk factors. Knowing these risk factors, will hopefully help women to reduce or even remove those risk factors that are modifiable. For those risk factors that can not be changed, it is equally important to know where you stand. Spread the word to heighten the awareness of breast cancer.