We all know what the pink ribbon means to many women battling Breast Cancer. Foundations such as Susan G. Komen‘s “Race for the Cure” and the American Cancer Society‘s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” continue the fight for a cure against breast cancer and encourage awareness and treatment to save lives.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts from cells of the breast. It is found mostly in women, but men can also get breast cancer. Many of us know someone, whether it’s a mother, sister, or friend, who has had it. About one in eight women are affected with breast cancer during their life, and it is now the most common form of cancer among women and second cancer killer of women in the United States, next to lung cancer.
The Startling Facts:
In 2009, almost 192,370 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, accounting for more than one in four cancer cases diagnosed. According to the American Cancer Society’s report, although there are more cases of white women diagnosed, black women have a 40 percent higher death rate than white women. It is a fact that having relatives with breast cancer doubles a woman’s risk, but about 70% to 80% of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.
Over the past 10 years through screening and early detection, the number of survivor rates has increased. Breast cancer has dropped 1.9 percent a year among white and Hispanic women, 1.6 percent a year among black women, and 0.6 percent annually among Asian-American and Pacific Islander women.
Many brands ranging from electronics and retail products to household items participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all play an important part in finding a cure for this dreadful disease. Proceeds from authorized products with the pink ribbon symbol purchased by consumers will automatically donate funds to cancer research.
This October NUBIA would like to acknowledge all the women who are affected by this disease. As women we should continue to seek proper medical care, mammograms and screening. Are you currently diagnosed with Breast Cancer? Are you a survivor? Do you know someone who is? Share your story with us.