October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is a disease that affects millions of people around the world. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. The good news is that there are treatments available and the earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the likelihood of survival. This is why Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created.
The American Cancer Society and Imperial Chemical Industries, pharmaceutical division, partnered together in 1985 to create Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Betty Ford, a breast cancer survivor, helped to kick off the weeklong event. Mrs. Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer when President Gerald Ford was in office. She was instrumental in bringing attention to the disease. (Source: Bevard Health Alliance)
WHAT YOU CAN DO
In the United States, there are over 3.8 million breast cancer survivors. Many people are making a difference in breast cancer research by getting involved and staying informed.
There are many ways to help spread awareness and support. Wearing pink ribbons or pink clothing is one way to spread awareness. Many sports teams wear special uniforms during the month of October with pink jerseys, socks, shoes, etc. There are also many different events and fundraisers to help support those affected by breast cancer. The money raised goes toward education, research and screenings. Across our regions, many McNaughton-McKay employees participate in fundraising walks year after year.
This year McNaughton-McKay’s Findlay, OH branch has participated in the Susan G. Komen walk, like they have every year since its inception. Even though this year’s walk looked a little different, our team completed a socially distanced walk at the Findlay Industrial Park where the branch is located. Seven employee-owners walked to raise money for a cure and bring awareness to breast cancer. Komen organizers encouraged virtual events this year as many events have been canceled as a result of COVID-19.
Another important aspect of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is letting people know that they are not alone. Many people are affected or know someone who is. Survivors share their stories to give others hope. It’s a great reminder to support one another by being there, by listening and if you are interested there are many ways to get involved.
For more information please visit the links below.
American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Susan G. Komen Foundation
Posted on Thursday Oct 15, 2020