October is fall, October is Halloween, October is sports, October is getting ready for the holidays but most importantly October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Over 230,000 women in the United States have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer this year and these numbers are still increasing. According to the American Cancer Society 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. A shocking 39,620 women have died from beast cancer in the year 2013. Although breast cancer diagnoses are decreasing throughout the years it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. So many lives and families all across the world are affected by this disease and it is something that cannot be ignored. Almost everyone, directly or indirectly has been affected by breast cancer in some way or another and almost all can agree, it is a tragedy. Cancer is a deadly disease and takes millions of lives each year, this month we are choosing to focus on breast cancer and raise awareness for men, women, and families all around the world. Although there is no cure for breast cancer there are some things we can do to help prevent developing this disease later in life. Living a healthy lifestyle and maintaining regular exercise, regularly getting checked by a physician, and being aware of signs and symptoms in your body can help to prevent breast cancer or catch it an early, treatable stage. My heart goes out to families who have lost a loved one from cancer or those battling with this disease now. From personal experience, the battle is hard but you are not alone. Join the Journey is a local organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for breast cancer. Every year they host an annual Join the Journey 10 mile breast cancer awareness walk and many other events throughout the year. Let us strive to create awareness for cancer and breast cancer every month of every year and celebrate the lives of those we have loved and lost.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,
“Its not the length of life, its the depth of life.”