NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By: Kym Grinnage email

Many of you out there know of at least one person who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and for some of you the answer is more than one.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the important part of that language is awareness. When people know more about breast cancer, early detection rates rise and lives are saved. Breast cancer is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. Breast cancer does not discriminate. Although we are making strides, in 2012 more than 220,000 people in the United States were be diagnosed with breast cancer and included in that number were more than 2000 men. Early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services has given people a greater chance of survival than ever before.

We are making strides, but we need your support. If you want to make a difference through a donation, volunteering or just being more informed, go to:

Susan G. Komen race for the cure at Komencentralva.org

Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation at vbcf.org

So let's go pink in October and all year round. Without question, your giving heart may save the life of someone you love.

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