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[r29] Column: Support the cause, wear pink!
Start Date: 10/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Support the cause, wear pink!

If you were at the Millers football game Friday night, recently bought groceries or just simply noticed a lot more people wearing pink, then you know it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Every year, over 230,000 women are affected by breast cancer, but progress is being made thanks to major, nationwide efforts that can be seen throughout October and beyond.
 
NBCAM was founded in 1985 as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries, the maker of several anti-breast cancer drugs. The goal of the partnership was to promote preventative medicine, specifically ways to reduce breast cancer in women by getting regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

Almost all of us know someone – a family member, co-worker, friend or neighbor – who has been diagnosed with this life-threatening disease. Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among American women and is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women. To my friends who I know have gone through all the treatments and life changing moments, I am so impressed with your strength and determination to beat cancer. Nothing is more moving then seeing or hearing the survivors share their stories or lead the walk in the Relay for Life. You are all truly heroes.
 
All of their courageous stories are being supplemented by more good news and breaking developments. Death rates from breast cancer have steadily declined over the past two decades, especially in women younger than 50. Medical innovations and raising awareness for the disease have been critical in addressing the issue. As a result, today, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. They serve as inspirations for all women and hope that by raising awareness others won’t have to endure similar tribulations. 

I want us to keep moving in the right direction, and hopefully, one day soon, find a cure. Each and every one of us has a role to play in building awareness and having conversations with those closest to us to seek preventative exams. Many organizations in both the private and non-profit sectors have joined forces to fundraise and support medical research. Working together is always the best approach. 

I’m sure you have seen people wearing little pink ribbons – the symbol of NBCAM. Even a small gesture such as this goes a long way to show how united we all are in this cause. It is one way to help raise awareness to fight breast cancer and to keep the conversation going. Many organizations have volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved. Visit www.nbcam.org for additional information and to learn more ways to help.

Please join me in the fight against breast cancer this October by wearing pink and showing that together we can make a difference in the lives of women everywhere.

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My column is also published in the Times in Noblesville.
Contact Information:
Name: Nicholas Goodwin
Phone: (317) 232-9831
Email: nicholas.goodwin@iga.in.gov
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