OUR OPINION: Breast cancer research gets focus

By NEMS Daily Journal

The whole month of October has seen an intense nationwide focus on finding a cure for breast cancer, the second deadliest cancer among women in the U.S.
The most visible of the fundraising campaigns for breast cancer research and for support of survivors is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, named in memory of a woman who died of breast cancer and based on the longtime philanthropic work of her sister.
The North Mississippi Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday at 8 a.m. in Fairpark in downtown Tupelo, with a 5K run or a one-mile walk-fun run open to everyone for the price of registration, which helps support the cause. (See the factbox for information)
The disturbing facts about breast cancer make research for a cure a pressing priority. The website Breastcancer.org, lists these facts:
* About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer.
* This year, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. among women, plus 57,650 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.
* About 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2011.
* About 39,520 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1990.
* Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women.
* In 2011, there are more than 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
The facts speak to the worthiness of the cause.
Worthy cause
* Walk-Up Registration: Oct. 26-28 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Tupelo Convention amp& Visitors Bureau (399 East Main St., Tupelo)
Cost: $30; $35 5K with timing chip
* Race Day Registration: Oct. 29 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau (399 East Main St., Tupelo)
Cost: $35 5K not scored amp& 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk (No timing chips will be
available for those who register on Race Day)
* A special event Thursday, “Tea on the Green” at 10 a.m. on the City Hall lawn will honor survivors, and it is free for survivors who are registered for the race, and $10 for others.
Reservations are encouraged by calling (662) 377-4903.