COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Is there any medical enemy with a higher profile than breast cancer?
From pink ribbons, to races for a cure, breast cancer seems to be one of the best known diseases and one of the best supported cause in our community.
Yet still, there are women who will find out they have breast cancer and until they do, they would never think it could happen to them. In fact, one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Over 230,000 cases in the U.S. and another 2,500 men will develop breast cancer.
Medical studies have shown white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women. But in younger women under the age of 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women.
Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. But survival rates are improving, thanks to advances in our understanding of breast cancer and how to beat it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Even for a cancer that has such a high profile, we still need to remind each other that early detection is key.
The Columbus Regional Health Foundation and its John B. Amos Cancer Center help lead the way in getting the word out about risk factors, testing and cutting edge treatments. Businesses like BMW of Columbus and their "Drive for a Cure" help raise money to assist local efforts to fight and treat breast cancer.
We can never do enough to raise awareness of such a devastating disease.
Please take a few moments this week - today - to do a self-exam and schedule a mammogram.
We all need to stay vigilant until there is a cure.
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