EDITORIAL: Curing breast cancer

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month began Thursday, and millions of people nationwide will make a special effort during the observance to raise funds for research to find cures for the disease that will strike 192,000 American women this year and cause 40,000 deaths.
Another 2.5 million women are breast cancer survivors, an encouraging statistic compared to just a few years ago when diagnosis frequently was a death sentence.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States other than skin cancer, and both fear of it and concern about those stricken has raised its status to a hearteningly high level among national medical priorities.
The crusade against the disease of course is not limited to women. Men, in much smaller numbers, also contract breast cancer, and millions of men have been affected by the disease’s impact on their wives, siblings, mothers and friends.
In our region, North Mississippi Medical Center is the lead coordinator for a special luncheon Oct. 22 recognizing survivors and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Oct. 24.
Both the race and the luncheon are open events, but the luncheon requires reservations because of seating limitations:
- The 12th annual Celebrate Life Survivor Luncheon is at noon, Oct. 22, at Harrisburg Baptist Church. The event is free for breast cancer survivors, and guest tickets are $10. Seating will be limited so advance registration is requested. Call (662) 377-4903 or 1-800-843-3375 for reservations.
- The Komen North Mississippi Race for the Cure 5K run/walk or the one-mile Fun Run/Walk, is set for 8 a.m. Oct. 24, at the Mall at Barnes Crossing. Both events pay special tribute to breast cancer survivors and are affiliated with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The registration fee is $20 in advance for the 1-mile Fun Run, 5K not scored, and Phantom Runners, and $25 for the 5K with electronic scoring with a chip device. Race-day registration will be $30. Online registration for individuals is available at www. msraceforthecure.org. For more information call (662) 377-4903 or 1-800-843-3375.
Up to 75 percent of the net proceeds from the 2009 North Mississippi Race will be used to fund breast cancer education, screening and treatment programs in 15 counties in north Mississippi.
Almost everyone knows someone who has or has had breast cancer. The Komen Foundation network represents a great cause.

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