Keeping cancer at bay

Today, The Daily Sentinel helps the American Cancer Society kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Hence the slightly different color of the paper today.

Pink papers, pink ribbons and more highlight our awareness of breast cancer. But more important are the ongoing efforts to prevent breast cancer from being a death sentence. And it’s working.

A study of patients at a Texas clinic, released this week, shows that 60 years ago, only one in four women diagnosed with breast cancer survived another 10 years. Now, because of better screening and treatment techniques, that figure is three out of four.

Today and Sunday, the Sentinel will highlight the life-affirming stories of a number of women who are breast cancer survivors.

But many other people of both genders continue to suffer from many forms of cancer. The article in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel, about former state Sen. Tillie Bishop’s ongoing fight with bone cancer is equally inspirational.

So this month, be aware of breast cancer, and all other forms, and do what you can by donating or volunteering to help keep cancer at bay.

You can participate in the Walk 4 Life Saturday, at the Botanical Gardens on South Seventh Street, to raise money for breast cancer education and detection. You can join the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 16 at Long Family Park. Or you can contact the American Cancer Society at 242-9593 for other opportunities to help.


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