By Sydney Faustner and Briana Snyder
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month it’s 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, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. People all over the world do many things in support of this hard battling cancer such as run/walks, color outs, and many more activities for the community to get them together and involved to raise money to find a cure right here in Pennsylvania! At Salisbury we do many things in support of this month, sports teams like football and soccer take the time to wear pink for games showing there support.
From www.cancer.org, from there research in the last year of 2015 an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 60,290 additional cases of breast cancer. Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women. In contrast, breast cancer death rates are highest for African American women, followed by non-Hispanic white women. Breast cancer death rates are lowest for Asian/Pacific Islander women. Breast cancer incidence and death rates also vary by state.
The American Cancer Society invests more in breast cancer research than any other cancer type. Society-funded research has led to the development of potentially lifesaving breast cancer drugs such as tamoxifen and Herceptin, as well as the discovery of genes linked to breast cancer. They are currently funding more than $74 million in breast cancer research through 185 research and training grants. From the American Cancer Society, it has been saving lives for more than a century. Every day, 500 lives that would have otherwise been lost to cancer are saved. None of it would be possible without the generosity of donors. The dollars help us to help people now who are fighting breast cancer in every community, while working to free the world from the pain and suffering of breast cancer tomorrow. The progress they’re making because of the passion of Making Strides supporters is remarkable.