Editorial for 12 October: Put on your pink today

Real men – and women – wear pink; especially today.

The pink movement gets bigger every year as people don the
colour to show their support in the fight against breast cancer.

Each October is dedicated to informing you, your friends,
relatives and neighbours about the disease and progress being made to find a
way to fight back against it.

There are some other sobering facts about the disease from
the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States:

•             One woman
in eight who lives to age 85 will develop breast cancer.

•             Breast
cancer is the leading cause of death for women aged 40 to 55.

•             Fifteen
per cent of all breast cancers occur in women younger than 45; in this age group,
breast cancers are more aggressive and have lower recovery rates.

•             Eighty
per cent of breast lumps are non-cancerous.

•             Seventy
per cent of breast cancers are found through breast self-exams.

•             About 80
per cent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of breast
cancer.

•             About
2,190 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among men this
year.

•             About 410
men will die from breast cancer.

But there is good news.

Death rates from breast cancer have been getting lower during
the last two decades. The declining rates are linked to earlier detection of
the disease through screening, better treatment and greater awareness. You can
show your support by joining in Dress Down/Dress Pink today and attending the
Lions Club of Tropical Gardens and Camana Bay Dress Pink Affair today beginning
at 5.30pm.

The money raised through various events this month goes
toward providing breast exam vouchers for those who can’t afford needed
mammograms. So do what you can today and this month in the fight against breast
cancer. Wear pink, show your support and help the Lions Club raise needed
money.

 

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