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. At the September City Council Meeting, Mayor Gary Blackburn declared Friday, October 4, 2019, as Go Pink For the Cure Day in Garfield, Arkansas.
To emphasize the importance of breast cancer awareness and its prevention, the City of Garfield held a Go Pink for the Cure Picture Day Event at the Garfield City Hall on October 4, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Citizens were invited to find something pink to wear and stop by the City Hall for a photo.
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..
The American Cancer Society has also reported some good news. Deaths from breast cancer in women decreased by 40% from 1989 to 2016. 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.
The Breast Cancer Research Stamp, mandated by Congress, is a 65-cent fundraising stamp that was first issued in July 1998. As of September 2019, more than 1 billion of the Breast Cancer Research stamps had been sold, raising over $89.9 million in sales. The stamp includes the challenge, “Fund the fight. Find a cure.” The Breast Cancer Research Stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, and includes an illustration by Whitney Sherman of Baltimore.
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.