October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and a time communities, national organizations and people around the nation stand up to this horrific decease and Detroit is putting pink first.
“I’m a 7 year survivor of breast cancer and still going strong, I have my bad days but we all have to work to find a cure this is a killer of women,” says Judy J of Detroit.
Johnnie D of Detroit admits not every man looks good in the color pink but showing support for women is worth the fashion risk, “It’s a good cause and a great excuse for men to rock pink, but I can make any color look good.”
Just wearing pink is a start but what the organizations really need is money and awareness to stop this disease, “I am a breast cancer survivor of four years, with my donations, I also felt great that I was in some small way helping others with breast cancer,” says Karen H.
Over the course of a lifetime, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. A woman’s risk increases with age. Most advanced cases of breast cancer are found in women over the age of 50.
Family history can be a dangerous factor in development, by having a close relative with the disease risks increase, 20-30% of women with breast cancer have a family history. A woman’s genes are more likely to increase risks of development with an 80% danger in diagnosis.
Women who got their periods early (before age 12) or go through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer. Other factors including excessive alcohol use, early exposure to radiation, use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and obesity have been linked to breast cancer although most of these factors remain highly controversial.
Many tend to forget that young women are surviving with breast cancer and struggling for support, Young Survival Coalition of Detroit is committed to helping young women of Metro Detroit and surrounding suburbs living with breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast with two key origins, ductal starts in the tubes of the breast and lobular start in parts of the breast that produce milk. In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other areas of the breast.
Standing up to this devastating disease is the key to finding a cure and every dollar strikes a blow to putting an end to this “life stealer”.
Metro Detroit Panera Bread Cafes will host a Breast Cancer Pink Day event on Friday, October 5, showcasing the restaurants Pink Ribbon Bagel. Panera Bread will donate 10 cents for every bagel sold throughout Detroit to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation during the month.
Finding the right bra may not cure cancer but it’s every woman’s dream to find the perfect cup hold for comfort. Fit for the Cure is hosting events with proceeds going to fight for a cure. Events at Macy’s Somerset and Lakeside are being held on Friday, October 5, from 11:00 am until 5:00pm. Fit for the Cure will also host the same event on October 18, at Macy’s (Parisian) from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
Showing support and wearing pink is a positive way to keep hope alive but volunteering and lending financial support is an obligation to every person whether Christian or not.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26.