Join Us and Fight Breast Cancer on International Women’s Day
Today is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day when we acknowledge the advocacy still needed for women all over the world. It’s also a day that showcases women’s issues – health, economic development and family. Of course, we are a women’s health organization, focused on ending breast cancer, and we’ll tell you one way you can show your support for our mission further down in this post.
For now, we’d like to start by thanking all of you — volunteers, donors and partners — for building a global community fighting for women’s health. Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (nearly 1.4 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year) and the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide (approximately 465,000 deaths attributed to breast cancer).
This discouraging news points to the urgent need for all women to support each other. The good news is that we’re making progress with lower mortality rates and higher five-year relative survival rates for early stage cancers. We are committed to the research that will deliver answers for aggressive and lethal forms of the disease, while supporting women through a breast cancer diagnosis in thousands of communities worldwide.
Today, we encourage you to learn about your breast health and talk with your health care provider about appropriate screening. This is an especially important conversation to have if breast cancer or other cancers, run in your family. But don’t be complacent if breast cancer isn’t a family disease: the most important risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. Know your normal – understand what your breasts usually look and feel like and report changes to a health care provider. View our recommended screening guidelines and information here. Finally, make healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your risk of breast cancer, including maintaining a healthy weight, adding exercise into your routine and limiting alcohol intake.
We are the only breast cancer organization selected to be recognized by Google in connection with its International Women’s Day events. We elected to participate in Google’s “Join Women on the Bridge” events – one of many events being conducted in the United States in connection with International Women’s Day. Our virtual bridge can be found by searching “Dallas, TX” at http://www.google.com/iwd2011.
About the author
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.