Editorial for October 15: Help in breast cancer fight

We’re in the midst of Breast Cancer
Awareness Month and seem to be awash in pink.

Today at many businesses it is
dress-down day, and workers are encouraged to wear pink.

This weekend will see the pink tie
affair Breast Cancer Gala Dinner, of which the Caymanian Compass is a sponsor,
at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Throughout the month, women will
have a chance to take part in free mammogram screenings, and loads of
information about breast cancer will be printed and aired in local media.

Internationally we’re seeing pink
pop up all over the place on television – catch a glimpse of American football
players sporting pink shoes and arm bands at football games – and in
international ad campaigns.

Our one wish is that people will
pay attention.

Breast cancer is a frightening
disease that affects both women and men – yes, women AND men.

According to the American Cancer
Society, about 207,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in
American women in 2010 alone; that’s just in the United States. About 40,000
women were expected to die of breast cancer in that country alone this year.
What about the rest of the world and the Cayman Islands?

Every woman – and man – who finds a
lump or abnormality on their breast should see a doctor and schedule regular
mammograms – and keep the appointments.

A few minutes of awkwardness is
better than losing a life to breast cancer.