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Viewpoint - Breast Cancer Awareness

Thanks to the efforts of dedicated survivors, and family members of those who's loved ones were claimed by breast cancer, October has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness month.

Pink ribbons signify this disease and the many organizations that work to assist patients and their families.

In the Pine belt we are fortunate to have many groups of passionate men and women that seek to raise awareness about this disease that the American Cancer Society projects will claim about four hundred thirty lives of women in Mississippi and over forty thousand lives in the United States this year alone.

Local organization's like "Waiting for A Cure" and the "Pink Ribbon Fund" raise money to help area patients who are having financial difficulty paying for their breast cancer treatment. And the American Cancer Society is hosting Hattiesburg's first ever "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk on Halloween at Pride Field on the Southern Miss campus to educate the public about this disease and raise essential research dollars. We are proud of these efforts and many others throughout the Pine belt that are working to fight the disease.

Both women and men can be diagnosed with breast cancer; however the American Cancer Society says it's one hundred times less common among men than among women. Despite the good news that breast cancer death rates have decreased over the years, it remains the most common form of cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death among women second only to lung cancer.

As a recent Seven on your Side interview remarked, breast cancer most often affects the people who take care of us including our mothers, grandmothers, and sisters, not to mention our wives. So please be mindful this month about the impact of this disease and encourage your loved ones to speak to their doctor about self breast exams and the appropriate time to receive a mammogram. Lets work together to reduce the risk that the ones we love the most aren't taken prematurely by breast cancer. 

Contact Jim Cameron at jcameron@wdam.com

 

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