The American Cancer Society is holding its first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Iowa Great Lakes event on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Arnolds Park Amusement Park, and is asking Iowa Great Lakes residents to help show their support by wearing pink the week of Oct. 8-12.
"So many more people today understand what it means to be 'pink' for breast cancer," stated Dana Kauffman, American Cancer Society staff partner. "It truly is one of the most recognized awareness colors for breast cancer, and we encourage everyone to get their pink out and support the fight against breast cancer."
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The American Cancer Society believes there are five important facts that everyone should know about breast cancer. They are:
1) All women can get breast cancer -- even those who have no family history of the disease.
2) The two most important factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older.
3) Women diagnosed with early breast cancer, when the cancer is small and has not spread, have a high chance of surviving it. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early: Get one every year starting at age 40. If you notice any breast changes, tell your doctor without delay.
4) You can help reduce your risk for breast cancer with regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting alcohol intake.
5) More women than ever are surviving breast cancer because of early detection and improved treatments.
Remember: Early detection increases your chance of survival if diagnosed with breast cancer.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Iowa Great Lakes is a non-competitive, fundraising walk consisting of teams, individuals and survivors walking to raise money to fight breast cancer. Not only does Making Strides raise money to fight breast cancer, but it also provides an opportunity for people to learn more about what breast cancer is, how to prevent it, how to cope, and what's being done in the fight against breast cancer. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with the program and walk beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Paula at 330-6406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about breast cancer, visit www.cancer.org/breastcancer or call 1.800.227.2345 anytime, day or night.