Heed the warnings

Breast Cancer Month has impact when action follows education

Approximately 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and some 40,000 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2015 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. And it is now predicted that one in eight (12 percent) women in the United States will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes.

About 2,350 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2015. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

All those figures, provided by the American Cancer Society, are a stark reminder that while great strides have been made in dealing with this particular cancer, it is still a very dangerous disease that, left undiagnosed and thereby untreated, continues to clam lives.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the course of the next few weeks, health officials across the country, as well as members of the ACS, will try to heighten awareness of this deadly disease and the many ways in which women, and even men, can increase their odds of not becoming one of its victims.

Every man and woman should take heed of these warnings; the knowledge you obtain could just be what saves your life.

The facts are frightening but ones we should be made keenly aware of as health officials work to ensure we are all more attuned to the ways we can catch the disease early and increase our chances of survival.

While there have been many strides in the fight against breast cancer, the battle will not be won until no one else dies because of it. Helping to win that battle are agencies like our own Madison Health, which will holds its sixth annual Breast Cancer Survivor Dinner Tuesday, Oct. 27 at St. Patrick Parish Center in London. Cancer survivors should RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 740-845-7055 or jakers@madison-health.com.

Events are important. They celebrate the battle so many are winning against the disease. They honor and memorialize those who fought a brave fight but did not survive the struggle and they educate the public about the disease and the reasons why it’s so important to have mammograms and do self breast exams.

Taking part in activities, listening, reading and researching information provided and taking the necessary steps toward prevention and early detection serve to move us closer to the cure we all desperately want.

It’s that ounce of prevention come full circle.

We should wear pink ribbons in honor of breast cancer survivors and in memory of those who’ve been the disease’s victims, and we should wear them as a constant reminder of how much this one disease has impacted those in our county and probably in our own lives.

Breast Cancer Month has impact when action follows education