African Cancer Organisation marks Pink October Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer: Why you should focus on prevention

"I don't ever want somebody else to hear, 'You have cancer, '" Johnson said. Jake Feiger, junior in Engineering and president of CAC, said the goal of the month is to spread awareness about breast cancer.

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance, an advocacy organization, found that only 7 percent of $15 billion invested in breast cancer research funding from 2000 to 2013 went toward work focused on stage IV breast cancer. Indeed, fewer than 5 percent of women under 40 are diagnosed yearly with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. "New Zealand has fallen way behind our counterparts in providing life extending drugs for the metastatic breast cancer community", Sue Wall-Cade, fellow petition organiser said.

Mammograms are considered the gold standard of care for breast cancer screening.

Noor Quek, president of Breast Cancer Foundation, said: "We are proud to unite the community at Pink Ribbon Walk 2018 with over 4,000 registered participants this year, the highest number of registrations in the past four years".

Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer and Idaho has one of the lowest mammography rates in the U.S.

He said that the breast cancer is becoming the leading cause of cancer deaths.

There were, of course, the intial shock and doubts.

"I've had family members, friends, who have succumbed to the disease", says Linda Garrett, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

"Well, I describe it as making sure the client is not there by herself", Cooper said. "I didn't know what would happen to me".

"As a rabbi, I had known so many women who had gone through cancer treatment", she said.

She asks people not to assume that looking well equates to feeling it: "I really don't expect to have to wave my chemo book at you, whip out my mastectomy scars or point out the bruising from the latest injections".

"I get to go on the field today, I'm excited about that, O'Shea said".

When Ms Koh was diagnosed, BCF was not founded yet.

"I think more than anything, to know that they're not alone, they're not the first nor will they be the last to battle this, and we're all thinking of them". I met the ladies and realised many were in their 50s or older. "Additionally, if you've had breast cancer or have had a biopsy that showed "atypical" cells, which are not completely normal (but not cancer), you have a greater risk and should get screened earlier and often".

A shorter pregnancy was also linked with an increased risk of breast cancer, with those who had given birth between 26-32 weeks of gestation being 30 per cent more likely to develop the disease in their lifetime than those who had given birth at 40-41 weeks. Their on-going efforts are to provide prevention, education and awareness of the available resources that can assist families with their overall health and wellness. "It was during my remission that BCF was founded and I started joining their activities".

She said that although the disease as a whole gets more money than any other cancer, metastatic cancer is often "written off". Even though breast cancer is still more prevalent in an older demographic, that does not mean it's not impossible in younger women.

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