Breast Cancer Awareness

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Blakely Duke

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is in October. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause. 

 

 

Breast Cancer rates have been decreasing since 2000. About 12% of U.S. women will have breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. If a woman has a sister, mother or daughter with breast cancer, the chance of them having it almost doubles. The chance of men having breast cancer is about 1 in 883. In Bowie County 29.3 women out of 100,000 population have breast cancer, and 0.4 men have breast cancer. Out of 100,000 population in Texas, 25.6 women have breast cancer, and 0.3 men have breast cancer. In the state of Arkansas, in 2016, the rate of breast cancer was 469.6 per 100,000 people.

 

The Susan G. Komen Organization’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Their vision is a world without breast cancer. The organization’s goal is to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.

In 1980, Susan received a promise from her sister Nancy that she would end Breast Cancer for forever. Two years later, the Susan G. Komen foundation was created.

Their efforts will not stop until her promise is fulfilled. The organization is the only one that addresses breast cancer on research, community health, global outreach, and public policy in order to make the largest impact on breast cancer.

 

Symptoms:

 

  • A lump or mass in the breast
  • Swelling of all or part of the breast, even if no lump is felt
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple retraction(turns inward)
  • The nipple or breast skin appears red, scaly, or thickened
  • Nipple discharge 

 

Important dates: 

 

  • On the 8th is coping with breast cancer
  • On the 11th is coping with breast cancer and pink out day
  • On the 12th is coping with breast cancer
  • On the 14th is coping with breast cancer
  • On the 19th is racing for a cure
  • Months of November and October people will paint panels that will be displayed at the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Inc. community art space – Art Spark.

 

  • Komen Texarkana Race for the Cure on Saturday October 19, 2019

Early Registration 7:00am

Opening Ceremonies 8:00am

5k race 9:00am Celebratory walk 9:30am

 

Location

Front Street Plaza

Front Street

Texarkana, AR 71854

 

  • Party in Pink, Thursday, October 17th

Location; Front Street Plaza, Downtown Texarkana

6:30 pm – 10:00 pm Catered by Silver Star,  Entertainment by Relentless

 

  • Breast Cancer survivors paint for a cause

A few local breast cancer survivors and their families spent Monday painting pictures representing their journey with the disease. Those pictures will be unveiled Oct. 7 at ArtSpark, and they will be displayed all throughout the month of October.