Making Strides: It Starts With One Step

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by Andrea Jackson

Women & Men- What are the odds?

Since late September, all you may have seen is pink. Individuals, businesses, and organizations were preparing to show their support and raise awareness of Breast Cancer. Always being healthy, I honestly had not put a lot of focus into learning more about the disease. But education can help in ensuring a better quality of life. Preventative & proactive measures can make all the difference. I decided to do some research and my findings were astounding.
According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 (12%) women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Their estimates for breast cancer in women the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer

Their estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
  • About 430 men will die from breast cancer

Think Pink- What we can do

Given the 2014 estimates above, we know that breast cancer had to affect millions. Families, friends, and, most importantly, those diagnosed with this disease are doing all they can to raise awareness and find a cure. In my research, I found that there are multiple ways of helping in this fight.  Making Strides Against Breast Cancer provides information on volunteering, donating, and advocating for the cause.
I decided to get involved. I told a few friends, found a group to join, and participated in a local breast cancer walk. I walked alongside mothers, brothers, sisters, fathers, and children of those diagnosed. What was most rewarding was seeing the survivors who attended. Their smiles and strength were empowering. Want to join the fight? Check the Making Strides site to locate an event in your area.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve done with those accomplishments. It’s about who you’ve lifted up; who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” -Denzel Washington

Did you know?

There are several causes represented during each month of the year. You choose where you want to impact the community. In addition to Breast Cancer, October is the month for:

  • National AIDS Awareness Month
  • Bullying Prevention Month
  • Celiac Sprue Awareness Month
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Energy Awareness Month (Go Green)
  • Hunger Awareness Month
  • National Liver Cancer Awareness Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Awareness Month
  • Vegetarian Awareness Month

Let’s get involved and help change the world!