Know the facts
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We started off the month by supporting our local Breast Cancer Walk to raise awareness for the disease. We want to focus this month's updates on facts on prevention, solutions, and what you can do to help raise awareness for a disease that affects one in 8 women.
Some facts to keep in mind:
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
At current rates, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.
It is estimated that three million women are living with breast cancer, and one-third of them don't even know it.
Even more startling, breast cancer kills approximately one woman every 13 minutes.
In 2013, an estimated 232.340 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed, and 39,620 women will die from breast cancer.
There are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
(sources: Avon foundation, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society)
What can you do:
Take part in an awareness event similar to the Race For The Cure that we participated in.
Purchase items that bear the pink ribbon. Proceeds of this purchase go to research for a cure.
Encourage friends and family to get routine mammograms and check-ups
(sources: Cancer.org, breastcancer.org, American Cancer society)
Reflections on the walk from our employees:
"I walk to represent those closest to me that have experienced this disease. I walk to raise awareness and contribute in the small way I can. I walk to stand up and continue to fight! My son dressed in his superhero costume so he could “help those that are sick”. But we met a different kind of superhero that day…a breast cancer survivor. Will totally do it again." - Justina
"I walked to represent my cousin, Eva, she was 46yrs too young and survived by her 3 boys and husband. She lost her fight with from breast cancer on August 09 2014. Early detection is important! It was so empowering to walk with the survivors and know you can fight the disease!" - Meliza
"I walked to raise awareness and for all the women in this world who are healthy and for those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. If we all work together we can accomplish anything." - Rose