I’m sure you heard it once or twice already, but in case you haven’t, let me share with you that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Richmond has held a variety of events raising money for the cause, honoring the lives of those we have lost and celebrating the victory of those who have survived.
Why should Breast Cancer Awareness month mean anything to you? Well, truth is, everyone has breast tissue – both women and men. And where there is breast tissue, there exists a chance. Breast cancer does not discriminate against gender, age or lifestyle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to take preventative measures by looking for the signs. For more information about signs and how to conduct a breast self-exam, visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org.
GayRVA staff encourages you to spread the word. Tell the women and men in your life that mammograms can save lives. Check your insurance for coverage details or reach out to foundations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Fellow staff members also shared some shocking statistics: 1 and 9 females will get a form of breast cancer. 1 in 28 of those women will die from breast cancer.
Richmond has plenty of resources available towards the fight against breast cancer. Check out the Fan Free Clinic at www.fanfreeclinic.org for additional access to resources. In their 2nd year of the Pink Ticket Project, the Fan Free Clinic provides off-site education and outreach initiatives as well as on-site, free-of-charge breast cancer screen clinic.
In the end, whether you wear pink or not, October has brought awareness and hopefully has encourage you to act.
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