Local organizations work to support those battling breast cancer

Enjoy a pink treat at The Star during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

He and other speakers gathered in his Capitol office to raise awareness for and talk about the importance of increasing breast cancer education and to promote regular cancer screenings.

From left are Nancy Tyler, Sara DeSanto, Carolyn Handville and Karen Reynnells.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Elizabethtown College is working to raise awareness of the disease.

Walk-ins will be accommodated as able.

- At halftime of the Thursday Night Football game between the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, the teams celebrated a different type of win when 150 breast cancer survivors took the field in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year's "Human Pink Ribbon" will be formed at ConnextCare Pulaski 61 Delano St., beginning at 10 a.m.

A mother and daughter shared their personal stories of surviving breast cancer as part of the annual breast cancer awareness wreath ceremony held Wednesday at the Prime Time Senior Center.

"Cancer doesn't necessarily mean a death sentence anymore, and chemotherapy is much better now than it used to be".

The earlier breast cancer is detected, the less aggressive the treatment will be.

"Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point".

"Unless you're a health professional, you're not going to be sure what to ask", she said.

The American Cancer Society estimates that the average risk of a woman in the US developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12 percent. For example, in one podcast, Larry Norton, MD, FASCO, scientific director of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and medical director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses his research and work, while also sharing how Evelyn Lauder and her husband Leonard made a decision to fund breast cancer research.

"Our main goal is to be able to have women be able to be screened through mammography", said Paula Hoffman, Director of Population Health and Diagnostic Services at Samuel U. Rodgers.

"The most common risks for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older", Piofer said, noting men also can develop breast cancer - a one in 1,000 chance in a lifetime.

The Mayo Clinic reported that limiting alcohol consumption and not smoking reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

Since its inception, the aim of the worldwide health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities has been to boost awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

Mammograms, or X-rays of the breast, use very small doses of radiation and can not cause the spread of cancer. Yet, almost 13 million American women age 40 or older have never had a mammogram.

"Fifteen years ago I might have died, but these days there are so many treatment options to keep women like me alive".

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