was perfect and walking downtown Columbusis a great way to see the city in the fall. There were people of all ages
participating in the race and it was an honor to walk beside survivors and fighters. Jack Maxton Chevrolet had 34 people that walked in the race, some ran and some walked, but we each had a reason to be there. One of our walkers,
Teddy, is a 25 year breast cancer survivor, and was decorated colorfully in all shades of pink. Although she was the only one in group who had breast cancer, there were other cancer survivors in the group. Others walked in the honor of ones that are fighting or have passed and this made it a memorable experience.
Anotherfeature that was helpful on http://makingstrides.acsevents.org
was the early detection of breast cancer and ways that you could prevent it. You can read from the website learn more about the disease.
8 Ways to Helping People Get Well
1. We know that finding breast cancer early, when it’s easiest to treat, can mean
the difference between life and death. So we provide screening guidelines,
physician education, and engage in efforts to increase public awareness about
the importance of yearly mammograms. The good news is that breast cancer
incidence and death rates are declining; more people are beating this disease
thanks to early detection through mammograms and improved treatment methods.
But there is still much more to be done.
2. At cancer.org/MammogramReminder, you and the women you care about can sign up to receive a free email mammogram reminder to schedule your yearly mammogram in the month of your choice. The
American Cancer Society recommends that all women 40 and older get a mammogram
every year, in addition to a breast exam by their doctor or nurse, as part of
their regular health checkups. We know that knowledge is power, and we won’t
stop until every woman understands how she can help take control of her breast health.
Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer at this time (which is why yearly mammograms are so important), there are steps you can take to reduce your breast cancer risk:
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Engage in moderate to vigorous regular physical
activity (at least 45-60 minutes on 5 or more days of the week)
- Reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, if you drink at all, to
no more than 1 drink per day for women (and no more than 2 drinks per day for
men) To learn more about breast cancer and what you can do to reduce your risk and stay
well, please visit cancer.org/breastcancer, or call us toll-free at
1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night.
6. Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. That’s why the American
Cancer Society is in everyone’s corner around the clock to guide them through
every step of a breast cancer experience. The Society offers free programs and
services in nearly every community across the country to ensure that cancer
patients and their loved ones do not have to face cancer alone. Below are some
of the support services we provide, thanks to fundraising efforts like yours.
- Transportation assistance to and from treatment
- Free lodging for those having to travel far for treatment
- Free wigs and assistance with treatment-related physical side effects
- Emotional support programs like Reach To Recovery® that connect newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors
- Cancer education classes such as I Can Cope®
- An online support network called Cancer Survivors Network℠
We are committed to connecting people facing cancer with the information,
day-to-day help, and emotional support they need in the communities where they
live to help them get well. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 anytime, day or night, or
visit us at cancer.org to find out what resources are available in your
7. Finding Cures The American Cancer Society currently invests more in breast cancer research to
better understand, prevent, and cure the disease than in any other cancer site.
We take pride in funding promising researchers early in their careers, and our
track record is something we share with pride. Of the researchers chosen for
Society funding throughout the years, 44 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
Thanks to fundraising supporters like you, the American Cancer Society has
played a role in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent
Funding research into breast-conserving surgery, using
lumpectomy plus radiation for treatment
Establishing mammography as the gold standard to find breast
Discovering lifesaving treatments (such as Herceptin) to improve
breast cancer survival and drugs (such as Tamoxifen) to reduce the risk of
second or first breast cancer
- Discovering genes for inherited breast and colon cancer
Confirming the knowledge that genetics, diet, lack of exercise,
and alcohol abuse can increase a person’s cancer risk
- Discovering cancer-causing oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes
Currently, breast cancer research projects are under way at institutions across the
country, thanks in large part to the funds raised by Making Strides Against
Breast Cancer participants. With your continued help, we can blaze a trail toward
the next great discovery and make strides to end breast cancer.
8. Fighting Back
Right now, cancer can’t be defeated in doctors’ offices alone. We work with
legislators to pass laws to defeat breast cancer and rally communities to join
the fight. We need elected officials to fully fund programs that allow all
eligible women to get the cancer screenings they need and treatment they
deserve. The American Cancer Society, in collaboration with its nonprofit,
nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action
Network℠ (ACS CAN), works hard to keep breast
cancer funding a top priority for our nation’s lawmakers. Thanks in large part
to the amazing support of Making Strides participants, ACS CAN’s efforts are
affecting legislation to help fund research and prevention, treatment, and care
for people battling cancer.
We have successfully lobbied Congress for millions of dollars
for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Breast and Cervical
Cancer Early Detection Program, which helps low-income, uninsured, and
underinsured women get access to critical screenings and follow-up treatment.
We are currently working to increase funding for the program so it can serve
more eligible women
We actively support legislation that would increase access to
treatment for breast cancer patients and the quality of life for breast cancer
We are addressing disparities by promoting important public
policies that provide access to quality health care and screening for all women
We have urged Congress to fund critical research that has the
potential to make progress in the prevention, treatment, and care of those
diagnosed and living with cancer
How far will you go to end breast cancer forever? Walk with us – and help create a
world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. For more information about
how you can use your voice to help fight breast cancer, call us at
1-800-227-2345 or visit ACS CAN at