A simple fact: When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent. Isn’t this something all women need to know?
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a perfect time for you to join the movement to help fight breast cancer, save more lives, and create a world with more birthdays. Our community has a chance to fight back by attending our Inaugural Luau to benefit Breast Cancer Research on Sunday October 20th at the Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club from 4-8PM. The Marco Island Marriott Resort Golf and Spa, First National Bank of the Gulf Coast and the Coastal Breeze are generously sponsoring the event that will include a fabulous menu featuring typical luau fare, music, contests and a silent auction. For more information or to buy tickets, please call Sue at 239-642-8800 ext. 3890.
Every day, the American Cancer Society saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.
Stay Well: This year, an estimated 232,340 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer). The best way we have today to find it early is to get a mammogram every year starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as you are in good health. In addition, there are steps you can take to help you stay well and reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as staying at a healthy weight, staying active, and limiting alcohol to no more than one drink a day, if you drink at all.
Get Well: If you or a loved one is facing breast cancer, the American Cancer Society is in your corner to help you through every step of the cancer experience, so you can focus on getting well. The Society offers access to free transportation and to lodging when treatment is far from home, and can provide one-on-one support from breast cancer survivors who have been there. Your Marco Island American Cancer Society has a Resource Room in our office that is available to all women and has wigs, bras, hats, scarves and access to a Look Good Feel Better Cosmetologist to help women during their treatments. There is a local support group during season for anyone who would like a safe environment to discuss their situation with others who have walked in their shoes. We also haveRoad to Recovery drivers that can take you to your treatments when you don’t have someone who can do that for you.
Find Cures: The American Cancer Society is committed to relentlessly pursuing the answers that will save lives from breast cancer. In fact, the Society has been a part of nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. Curves at Shops of Marco, is holding a ‘Punch Out Breast Cancer’ program during the month of October where for $10 you can go to 10 workouts at Curves. Proceeds from the event will go to ACS Breast Cancer research. For more information and to get your punch card visit Curves.
Fight Back: It’s easy to fight back against breast cancer. Participate in one of the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events nationwide, speak out to increase funding for programs that allow all women to have access to mammograms and treatment, or simply remind the women in your life to get regular mammograms. Collier County is holding our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Saturday October 12th. If you would like to participate or learn more, go to www.makingstrideswalk.org/naples. Sue and I will be out there walking and would love to see Marco Island well represented!
October is a month to celebrate the progress we’ve made in the fight to end breast cancer and to continue to work toward a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. Countless Americans who have never had breast cancer and more than 2.9 million who are surviving the disease will celebrate a birthday this year, thanks in part to the American Cancer Society and its many supporters.
You can help end breast cancer. For more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/breastcancer.
This is an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Marco Island community about The American Cancer Society, the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Marco Island American Cancer Society office is located at 583 Tallwood, Unit 101 and is open daily from 9AM-5PM. For more information about volunteer opportunities, events and services please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891.
If you would like to find out more about The American Cancer Society or would like to volunteer to serve on a committee or as a board member, please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891