As you know October 1 marks the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer.
Roughly 1 in 8 women in the United States will get breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. Mammograms can help find breast cancer early when there is the best chance for treatment. I especially know this because a mammogram saved my aunt’s life.
I knew cancer ran in my family, but it didn’t affect me because experienced it firsthand. My grandmother’s sister was diagnosed with and beat her breast cancer before I was born. It wasn’t until my mother’s sister was diagnosed with it in late 2010 that I learned just how much of an impact cancer can have on one’s life. My aunt is a teacher, a mother, a mentor and role model to many. She’s always been a strong personality and a pillar of strength for those who need it the most. The possibility of her no longer being around to raise her son, to help shape the young minds who will eventually be America’s future, to be the one so many turned to for guidance – was a scary thought. It was also a possibility she refused to accept.
After her diagnosis, she underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. A year and a half later she is now a cancer survivor, doing her part to spread awareness and encourage other women to get screened. She also participates in events to raise money, and is created “Team Peachy” with the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”. You can learn more about that here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=47312&pg=team&team_id=1233299
The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is a little less 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2½ million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SoSource Media brands, including TVSourceMagazine.com will go pink in support of the fight against breast cancer. In addition, we are pledging to donate 50% of revenue earned for October to the fight against breast cancer.
CEO, SoSource Media, LLC.