Designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985, the month of October serves as an annual reminder to keep the conversation going when it comes to research, prevention and treatment of one of the most common cancers in women. Even more important than continuing the conversation is finding a way to personally get involved in the efforts to end breast cancer.


Being knowledgeable about the statistics associated with breast cancer is one way to join in the efforts to fight this disease. Sadly, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.  However, female breast cancer incidence rates have decreased since 2000. This is encouraging news, and evidence that the efforts to raise awareness and promote regular examinations truly are making a difference. 


Equally as important as being knowledgeable about the statistics surrounding this disease is being aware of your personal family medical history.  I encourage everyone to take a look at their family history and have conversations with their family members about this disease. I would especially encourage everyone to speak with their loved ones who have directly encountered this disease and triumphed, or are currently in the throes of treatment. Hearing their stories and reaching out to them during this time can make a difference in both their lives and your own.


Finally, raising funds for educational research is a key component to learning more about this disease and how to fight back. There are a number of ways to donate to breast cancer research and treatment organizations.  The American Cancer Society can provide further details on how you can be involved in in the fight against breast cancer through financial donations and volunteer opportunities.


Though our individual encounters with this disease are varied, it is the common thread of human compassion that binds us together as we continue to fight back. Community support is an invaluable resource in the battle against breast cancer, and personal involvement acts as a catalyst that propels us closer and closer to the goal of eradicating this disease completely.


Breast cancer is a disease that affects many families in some way or another, including my own. There are many ways to respond when a friend or loved one is diagnosed with breast cancer. The best way to respond is by committing to stand by your loved ones and support them in this fight.  Allow the month of October to serve as an opportunity to find out how you can personally get involved in the fight against breast cancer. 

 
 
 
  
Featured Posts

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Automatically Refund Overpaid Business Taxes

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Al Landis (R-Dover) joined Senators Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) and Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), along with Ohio Tax Commissioner Joe Testa today to introduce legislation that will require the Ohio Department of Taxation to notify Ohio businesses when they overpay their taxes and provide automatic refunds in the form of credits toward future taxes.



 
 

Rep. Landis Named Legislator Of The Year By Vietnam Veterans Of Ohio

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) was recently named State Representative Legislator of the Year by the Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Council. Representative Landis was awarded a plaque by the VVA Buckeye State Council’s president, Tom Burke, at the organization’s annual fall awards banquet held in Newark, OH.



 
 

Rep. Landis Encourages Constituents To Submit Online Legislative Survey

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) has set up an online legislative survey in an effort to gain feedback from the residents of the 98th Ohio House District regarding a variety of state issues. The survey can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/RepAlLandisSurvey.



 
 

Rep. Landis Votes To Send State Operating Budget To Governor

 
COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Al Landis (R-Dover) today announced the Ohio House of Representatives’ passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 59, the state operating budget designed to improve Ohio’s business climate, invest in schools, help Ohioans access the care and services they need, give Ohioans greater ability to obtain higher education, and put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Ohioans.