Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

This Thursday, the Cassville High School volleyball squad will invite their families, fans and area community members to join in the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Pink Out Night. Volleyball squad members will be wearing pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the CHS gymnasium will be decorated for the special occasion. In addition, Kathy Trotter, from A Cut Above in Cassville, will offer pink hair extensions in the high school commons area at a cost of $10 each. Proceeds from the sale of hair extensions will benefit the volleyball squad and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a global breast cancer movement that has invested nearly $2 billion in its efforts to end breast cancer in the United States and throughout the world.

The idea for Susan G. Komen for the Cure began when Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Since its founding in 1982, the organization has worked to increase early detection and effective treatment, promote hope, advocate for research and increase the number of breast cancer survivors. According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, around 70 percent of women 40 and older receive regular mammograms, a screening tool for early detection of breast cancer. Over the last two decades, early detection and treatment have resulted in a 33 percent decline in breast cancer mortality in the United States. Today, the five-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is 99 percent. Breast cancer survivors are now the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., numbering around three million.

Most women know that the keys to reducing the risk of developing breast cancer include: maintaining a healthy diet and controlling weight; getting regular exercise; and limiting alcohol consumption. It is also common knowledge that women should perform monthly self exams, receive yearly breast exams conducted by a physician and receive yearly mammograms after they reach 40 years of age. In addition to this information, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website, which is located online at ww5.komen.org, offers a multitude of valuable information, including questions to ask physicians, facts about everything from benign breast conditions to risk factors and prevention, breast cancer statistics, information on insurance and financial issues, healthy recipes and ideas for support. The site offers information for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and those who have loved ones who have been diagnosed with the disease. It even gives those battling breast cancer and survivors a place to share their stories.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Plan to take part in the CHS volleyball squad's Pink Out Night, visit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure website or simply make an appointment for a yearly breast exam or mammogram. Knowledge and action are the keys to reaching Brinker's goal of ending breast cancer forever.

Lindsay Reed