October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Help Finish the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
Significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made in recent years, but more needs to be done. Breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women in the U.S. other than skin cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing invasive breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8 and in 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,400 will die from the disease in the U.S.
To change these stats and the course of breast cancer forever, the American Cancer Society created Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walks in 1993 as a rallying cry to build awareness and generate funds to fight the disease. In that time, 10 million walkers have collected more than $594 million and this year, hundreds of walkers will participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of the Metro-East on October 11th at Rock Springs Park in O’Fallon, Illinois.
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer brings communities together as the most powerful force to end breast cancer,” said Brett Schuette, Senior Representative of Community Engagement. “The progress we are making is remarkable, but more people are needed to help finish the fight.”
Making Strides proceeds are used by the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research grants, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information, and support legislative advocacy to make sure cancer patients have access to the care they need.
Call your local American Cancer Society office at 618.288.2320, #3 or visit makingstrideswalk.org to help continue saving lives.