Saturday, May 21st was the 25th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure fundraiser walk/run for breast cancer awareness, hosted by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Lori Greene, an Account Executive for WMYD TV20 Detroit is a 12-year breast cancer survivor and this is her tenth race. Greene’s diagnoses of breast cancer came after the age of 40 and she walks in memory of a friend who lost her battle with breast cancer wearing her name on her back. Furthermore, Greene also participates in the walk to bring awareness about the disease and to fight to continue to have doctors to perform mammogram screenings after the suggested age of 40 when it is only required to have one every other year.
According to the Karmanos Cancer Organization, Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages, races socio-economic status, and geographic locations. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with an estimated1.7 million new cases each year. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure. However, there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.
Breast cancer is not just a female problem, according to Komen institute; there will be 2,600 new cases this year in men. Breast cancer survival rates depend on a person’s diagnosis and treatment. Early detection of this form of disease or any other form of cancer yields the best chance for survival.