The 19th Susan G. Komen Race for the Breast Cancer Cure has gathered over 4,000 participants in Tupelo painting everything in pink.
Fortunately, the participants enjoyed a great weather as they raised awareness and funds. Around 75 percent of the funds will go to people living with breast cancer from Northeast Mississippi, who will now benefit from the best medical assistance.
The other 25 percent of the funds will be used to support cancer research. Many scientists are currently trying to find the best treatment to deal with this devastating disease which is regarded as the leading cause of death among women across the United States.
According to Melonie Kight, race chair, it is highly important to underline that men develop breast cancer as well. Although this disease rarely occurs in men, it is crucial to address this issue. More precisely, a few thousands men have been diagnosed with this illness in the US.
The statistics have revealed that one out of eight people receives a breast cancer diagnose every year. Cindy Edwards, the person in charge of the survivors’ tent, says that this race gathers not just newly diagnosed people but also breast cancer survivors who have been fighting this disease for over 25 years.
After being asked, all participants said that early detection was the most important factor that helped them deal with breast cancer in its early stages. According to Sarah Palmer, one of the survivors, she was able to receive an early diagnose thanks to a self-exam and a mammogram.
Palmer says that she uses the pink color because she wants people to ask her about it. This way, she gets the chance to explain them the importance of self-exams and mammograms in order to prevent and early detect this life-threatening disease.
The Komen Race has raised this year over $150,000 consisting of grants provided to all patient living in the surrounding areas.
Another way to prevent breast cancer is to improve your lifestyle with daily or weekly physical exercises and healthier dietary habits, while avoiding dangerous habits such as smoking, or a high alcohol intake.
This race for a breast cancer cure will continue next year as well to raise awareness and funds.
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