Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Health Promotion and Wellness Department hosting two cancer awareness events this month

Health Promotion and Wellness Department hosting two cancer awareness events this month

While October might be best associated with the color orange - hunting, pumpkins, leaves - it also has become a time to think pink.

In 2015, less than 20 out of every 100,000 white women with breast cancer died, while almost 30 black women were killed by the disease.

Opening up about losing her grandmother to the disease, she said the problem with diagnosing breast cancer when her grandmother was younger is that it just wasn't spoken about openly, which could hinder a woman's course to recovery. In addition, 91 cents of every dollar raised goes directly towards breast cancer research efforts, which is why DWC will be donating 5% of its cable proceeds, and 100% of breast cancer awareness "swag" proceeds to the organization. But the message behind the month is deadly serious: Women need to be regularly screened for breast cancer. "That's something to be proud of, knowing that an everyday purchase you make will go towards preventing breast cancer in the future", says Direct Wire's president, Eric Laubach. Early detection means easier treatment.

An estimated 246,000 women and 2,600 men in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second-leading cause of cancer deaths, according to MI officials. The aggressive triple-negative form of breast cancer is two times as likely to affect black women.

More than 15,000 people will be at Washington Park to spread messages of hope and victory of cancer.

The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) test will initially be available for patients having tests at St Mary's Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, with a family history of breast cancer. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, limited alcohol intake and avoiding exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer are all great ways to help not only lower your risk, but increase your chance at survival if cancer occurs.

Women should talk with their health care provider about healthy lifestyles and breast cancer prevention and screening. It's worth getting educated.

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