Saturday, October 15, 2011

Batting for Betty

In case you weren't already aware, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Two weeks from today, my friend Beth - a former Coast Guard Academy Softball Standout - will be participating in the 2nd annual Batting for Betty Charity Softball Game up in Boston to benefit the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure© supporting Breast Cancer research. Since its inception in 1982, Komen has invested nearly $2 billion for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S. and through partnerships in more than 50 countries.

About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime so the odds of someone you know being diagnosed is likely much higher than you think. The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older have a screening mammogram every year and continue to do so for as long as they are in good health, while women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) by a health professional at least every three years. Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests. So whether or not you choose to make a donation, the important thing here is promoting awareness.

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Learn About Breast Cancer

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