“If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell.” ~ Lance Armstrong
In the year of 2007 cancer was the cause of about 13% of all human deaths worldwide (7.9 million). And the worst part of it is that those rates are rising every day. Almost every person in the entire world had been affected by cancer in some way or another. The vast majority of cancers are non-hereditary; however 0.3% of the population is at risk of a hereditary cancer, which is cancer that is primarily caused by an inherited genetic defect. Within those cases is the carcinoma of the breast or breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Organization in a statistic about breast cancer in U.S.determined that besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.
Breast cancer is considered by many as one of the oldest forms of carcinoma which had take the lives of many people. Some of the most prominent women that had die of breast cancer are Empress Theodora, wife of Justinian; Anne of Austria, mother of Louis XIV of France; Mary Washington, mother of George, and Rachel Carson, the environmentalist. But, although Male breast cancer is rare, men are not except of it and some experts had even agree that it happens most often to men between the ages of 60 and 70.
The most important step to be taken in order to contribute to this collective fight against breast cancer is to get an appointment and get tested. Breast cancer does not discriminate between anyone and to find it on time can be the difference between a long and healthy life and a not too long one. Giuliana Rancic, a young 36 year old beautiful women, announced on October 17, 2011 at the Today Show having discovered a tumor, in early stages, during a mammogram while undergoing another round of in-vitro fertilization in an effort to get pregnant. And her emotional but admirable statements she even asked all her fans that wanted to do something for her to get an appointment and get tested. Even the ones that were not her fans became her fans at that moment. And her words must have moved a lot of people to get awareness and get tested.
October was declared the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985 to increase awareness of the disease while raising funds for research about its causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure and to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer. And since 1991 and 1993, thanks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, who handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors, and Evelyn Lauder, who founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and established the pink ribbon as its symbol, we all get “pretty in pink” every October of each year to increase awareness about breast cancer and make a difference. Gainesville is making the difference.
On Saturday October 8, 2011GatorZone announced how the Gator Gymnastics team helped paint Gainesville 34th Street Wall “Pink”for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancercelebrated on Saturday October 22. The Making Strides Against Breast walk had raised already around $98,689.03 to help save lives. On October 26, 2011 the Bodytech Tattooing & Piercing held its Breast Cancer Fundraiser to raise a goal of 2,500$ for Breast Cancer and Clockwork Studios announced that it would donate 10% of all proceeds from the month of October to the Community Cancer Center of North Florida MSABC Team. On Thursday October 27, the Senior Recreation Center will be hosting at 3:00pm an Update on Cancer Screening for Women by John Davis, M.D., who will provide updated recommendations for cervical, breast, ovarian, and colon cancer for women. And in November 12 the Ironwood Golf Course will held its 4th Annual Twenty Pearls Charitable Golf Scramble sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Gainesville.
We are all an important part of someone else’s life; we are all a daughter or a son, a husband or wife, a mother or a father, or even just a friend. We are all at risk, and therefore we should all be aware and prepare. Be part of the solution, be part of the fight and the journey for a healthier and a better tomorrow for every women and men in the world. To get tested is not an easy step to take because is not an easy decision to assimilate. But to be accompanied and to know that you have someone to rely on, makes it a lot easier. Be a better self – a better husband a better wife, a better friend – take your loved one’s hand and be next to it from the very beginning of the journey, every step of the way, because even if she or he is ok, and you are too, someone next to you might not be, and there you are, ready to help and make a difference, again.