Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month In The Charlotte Area (#ThinkPink)
Despite the ongoing pandemic, there are a number of ways you can show your support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Charlotte region. These include:
Saturday, October 17th: American Cancer Society North Carolina of Greater Charlotte's 18th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Charlotte. Join the walk on Saturday morning, which begins at 7:30 AM. If you can't make the walk, you can join it virtually via Facebook.
- Saturday, October 17th: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. This walk begins at 8:00 AM.
- Wednesday, October 21st: Nuvole Rooftop Soiree to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. This event takes place from 6:00 PM till 8:30 PM at 220 East Trade Street in Charlotte's Uptown.
- Sunday, October 25th: Inaugural American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Golf Tournament at the Emerald Lake Golf Club in Matthews. Registration for 4-man teams begins at 7:30 AM.
Wednesday, October 28th: 4th Anniversary Coco Coutoure's Pink Party in Lake Norman from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM.
Breast Cancer Statistics:
- 1 in 8 American women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year.
- In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed; 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed. Some 2,620 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men (it's not just a woman's disease).
- About 42,170 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2020 from breast cancer. That's 42,170 too many deaths. Except for lung cancer, breast cancer deaths are higher than for any other cancer.
- Estimates are that some 30% of new cancer diagnoses in women will be for breast cancer.
- Even though we know genetics play a role in breast cancer, approximately 85% of breast cancers occur in women with no family history of breast cancer.
Breastcancer.org provides more information about breast cancer statistics. No matter how you look at them, the numbers are sobering and should inspire all of us to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. And who of us doesn't know someone who has contracted this disease, beaten it, or died from it?
Want to learn more about breast cancer signs, screening and treatment? Sign up for the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center's Breast Cancer Awareness virtual event on October 20th from Noon till 1:00 PM. Michelle Bertsch, M.D., FACS, Breast Surgeon, will be the featured speaker.
I salute all breast cancer survivors in Charlotte--you have waged and continue to wage a heroic battle and are truly awe-inspiring.