Let's Continue Our Momentum In Fight Against Breast Cancer
By Rep. Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills)
October 16, 2013
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The effort to find a cure to breast cancer is a year-round mission, but one that receives the most attention each October, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Of the many obstacles that life sometimes puts in our way, breast cancer is one of the most common.

One thing that is important to remember is that is can affect both genders. Although it is 100 times less common in men than in women, it is expected to take the lives of about 410 men in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society.

This month is about raising awareness, continually seeking better treatments and supporting those who have been afflicted are all aspects that mark this important month. While we are obviously limited by what we can do to help loved ones overcome the disease, providing a helping hand and encouraging words can have a major impact in their hopeful recovery process during what is a very difficult time.

Breast cancer is the second-most popular cause of cancer death in women, behind only lung cancer. However, the American Cancer Society states that breast cancer death rates have been declining since about 1989. Today, it is responsible for approximately 1 in 36 deaths in women. There is no doubt that the awareness that has been generated over the years, which continues to gain momentum, has played a big part in this gradual improvement.

I also want to credit the doctors and other medical professionals, as well as others who have donated their time, money and energy to help educate people about risk factors and about the importance of getting regular checkups.

As we have seen, being proactive about your health makes an enormous difference for any disease or illness. But I believe that the positive momentum that has taken place in the fight against breast cancer will continue if we all remain vigilant and committed to our common goal.

For more information about risk factors or for getting yourself checked, I suggest visiting the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.

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