Here it is October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month once again.
Tomorrow marks four years since I had my mastectomy. Many things have changed since then–including my siblings and I losing our mother just a few short months ago. I am ever-increasingly made aware of just how precious life is and how important others are to me.
Once again this year, I am taking a bold step by walking in the 2011 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in San Diego, CA on November 18-20. This will be the 8th event with which I’ve been involved; it is my 7th event as a walker.
According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, it is estimated that there will be 232,620 new diagnoses of breast cancer this year in the United States alone with 2, 140 of these cases being men. It is expected that in 2011, there will be 39, 520 women and 450 men die from breast cancer. Statistics show that 1 in every 8 women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in her lifetime.
Technological advances in medical treatment have lowered the mortality rates and allowed for earlier detection, but a cure has not yet been discovered. It requires more research and a willingness for us all to take an active part in raising awareness and money, which is why I am committed to this cause.
Though October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we must be proactive year-long in taking care of our health and reducing risks for all cancer. Schedule time to see your physician to discuss this options. Please schedule your appropriate routine mammograms or prostate exams, and make sure that the women and men in your lives do the same.
Please take a moment to visit my personal 3-Day page to read why I am walking this year’s 3-Day event for my 32-year-old friend, Jeff Little, who lost his life to cancer in January. Please also consider making a donation in honor or memory of someone you know who has fought cancer of any kind.
Please get the message out by sharing this blog and asking others to support this worthy cause.
My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who have donated their time, money and support of me year-after-year since 2006 for this cause. Thank you for your continued support.