The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Activities conducted during this month are designed to work toward reducing incidents of breast cancer by ensuring that through early detection and prevention. During the past month, organizations like the Susan G. Koman Foundation sponsored many fund raising events. Since 1982, Komen has played a critical role in every major advance in the fight against breast cancer and transforming how the world talks about and treats this disease. The foundation also helped to turn millions of breast cancer patients into survivors and many of them participate in racing for the cure events across our city and the nation.
CYEGA race for the cure
On October 5, 2103, the foundation in partnership with Athleader Training Gym held an event at Stone Mountain Park. It began at 6:45 AM. Several Cyega (CYEGA) staff members raced with other individuals and groups. CYEGA wanted to show its support for persons who are suffering from breast cancer, survivors and those who have succumbed to the disease. A group picture is listed above. As seen in the picture the CEO also raced to show his support. It is important to remember this is not a female–only disease or a female-only cause. Men can also get breast cancer and care about the women afflicted with it. This is in keeping with CYEGA’s mission of focusing on the strengths of the individuals we serve. Running or walking is a great way to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer and improve the possibility of surviving. Important facts concerning breast cancer include the following:
- About 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- In 2013, an estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women and nearly 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer in US men.
- About 39,620 women in the United States of America are expected to die of breast cancer in 2013. More African American women are expected to die of this disease than women from other races or national origins.
- About 85% of breast cancer occurs in women who have no family history of the disease.
- A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. About 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with the disease.
The funds generated from this race support breast cancer research in the search for a possible cure. CYEGA and its staff support the 14 million American survivors and those who have avoided it. For more information, to get help, or to join the race, contact the Susan G. Koman Foundation at 1-877 GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636).
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