October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an international campaign by breast cancer organizations to increase awareness of the disease, promote its prevention, and raise funds for research into its cause and cure. Mayor Gary Blackburn has declared Friday, October 4, 2019, as Go Pink For the Cure Day in Garfield, Arkansas.
According to the American Cancer Society, women in the United States have an average risk of developing breast cancer of about 12%—a one in eight chance of developing this life-threatening disease.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women; in Arkansas, 2,210 new cases of breast cancer are expected in women. About 41,760 women are expected to die from breast cancer this year; in Arkansas, 410 are expected to die from the disease.
The American Cancer Society has also reported some good news. Deaths from breast cancer in women decreased by 40% from 1989 to 2016, even though the incidence of breast cancer in recent years has risen by 0.4% per year. The decrease in deaths due to breast cancer is thought to be influenced by early screening, increased awareness, and improved treatment.
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, mammography is an important tool for breast cancer screening and has been shown to lower number of deaths due to breast cancer. For other breast cancer screening methods and screening recommendations, see the related article called Breast Cancer: Screening.
To bring focus onto the importance of breast cancer awareness and its prevention, the City of Garfield will have a free Go Pink for the Cure Picture Day Event at the Garfield City Hall on October 4, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. To participate just sign up by marking Going at the top of the City Facebook Events page, pick out something pretty to wear in pink, and stop by the City Hall on Friday the 4th to join in the campaign to Go Pink for the Cure!
Follow the links below to see the Mayor’s Go Pink For the Cure Day Proclamation and the American Cancer Society’s article referenced in this post.