Let’s help knock out Breast Cancer

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Anastasia Gamez, Staff Editor

IT’S PINKTOBER!! Let’s help save the girls!! “Think Pink October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!” October is the month to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness and all of the survivors.  Well breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the United States. It is a cancer that begins with the formation of a dangerous tumor in the breast.  One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease at some point during their lives, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).There are many things to worry about when you have Breast Cancer. It is very overwhelming to know or have someone in your family that has breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and nearly 41,000 people die from the devastating disease.

There are four stages to breast cancer that many survivors are going through. Stage one of breast cancer is the earliest stage where the cancer cells have spread. Stage two of breast cancer means that the cancer is growing. Stage three breast cancer means that the cancer has extended to beyond the immediate region of the tumor and may have invaded  nearby lymph nodes and muscles. Lastly, stage four of breast cancer would include the cancer the cancer spreading to different areas.   The Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance had a campaign called “Help Keep Me in the Picture” which allows people living with stage four breast cancer to tell their own personal stories. That helps those who don’t understand the disease and encourages others who are living with the disease. Others who are living with it find these stories poignant and uplifting to them. They never give up, are always moving forward with strength, have determination, and courage. When they are knocked down they get right back up. They smile for their team. Everyone should know that facing breast cancer is the true meaning of tough.

Pinktober is about placing attention on disease awareness and prevention.  Over the years breast cancer has been symbolized by pink ribbons. The pink ribbon is on everything starting from apparel, dishware , and office supplies.  There is so much more than awareness than just wearing pink, but wear yours on Thursday October 26th and show your support here at LHS!