It is true, Cancer affects everyone. No one is exempt. If you're young or old, if you're rich or poor, a man, a women or a child. It's devastating. As one who has lost more people than I can bear due to cancer, its emotional effects are extended well beyond those who are living with it. The feeling of helplessness. It obviously embodies a tremendous burden on those who have it, their families and societies.
But this blog isn't about that.
Just in case you weren't aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I got to work with the incredible Barnette Holston (@dcfashionfool) who was asked to take part in the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign here in Washington DC.
A little history about the campaign; Real Men Wear Pink enlists men who are community leaders to wear pink during October to raise awareness and funds to support the American Cancer Society's fight to end breast cancer.
This is not only held in Washington DC but in cities all over the country and world.
Did you know that one in eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime? That's about 18,840,000 women in a lifetime. And this year alone around 246,660 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
But it's not all bad news. Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. That's just the United States.
According to NationalBreastCancer.org, in recent years, perhaps coinciding with the decline in prescriptive hormone replacement therapy after menopause, they have seen a gradual reduction in female breast cancer incidence rates among women aged 50 and older. Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1990, in part due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.
Now you may have a ton of questions. You may know someone who is dealing with this or you may be dealing with it yourself and it's overwhelming. It's confusing. Why me? Why my loved one? How'd this happen?
Close your eyes. Relax.
For the sake of keeping this post simple I recommend going here to find out more about breast cancer, it's causes and it's treatments.
If you're like me and are wondering, "How and the hell can I help? I want to help! Point me to where I need to go", then you're in tremendous good fortune. You can help support furthering the research of breast cancer by donating whatever you can here. You will be contributing to the potential cure for a terrible disease that steals so many of our wonderful women away from us too soon.
I thank Barnette for allowing me the honor to be a part of such an impactful campaign.
If you have any questions or remarks, leave them in the comments below.