Making Strides Against Cancer

On the September 22, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection we talk about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Run and walk.  Host Katherine Boyd talks with Caroline Wamelink, of the American Cancer Society.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s signature event to fight breast cancer! It’s a 5K Walk on Saturday, October 12th, at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

To learn more about the event visit its Website: www.makingstrideswalk.org/cleveland

 The American Cancer Society wanted to share this information with our listeners:

A hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime – the fight against cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we are the leader in the fight to end breast cancer and all cancers – investing the most in research of any private, not-for-profit organization to find, prevent, treat, and cure the disease and, as a result, we’ve contributed to a 20 percent decline in overall cancer death rates in the US since the early 1990s. That means we’ve helped save nearly 1.2 million lives during that time. The progress we’ve made is remarkable, but we won’t rest until we finish the fight.

During the last century, we’ve led the way in saving lives by:

  • Helping people stay well by showing them steps they can take to reduce their cancer risk or find it early;
  • Helping people get well by providing resources and support to help them through every step of a cancer experience;
  • Finding cures by investing in groundbreaking research; and
  • Fighting back by working with legislators to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to finish the fight.

Why should I support the American Cancer Society in the fight to end breast cancer?

Because we’re doing the most to help people with breast cancer today and working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow:

  • We invest more in breast cancer research than any other cancer and we’ve played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. We will continue our work until we end the disease.
  • Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help and support. We’re in every community providing them with free information and services – when and where they need it.
  • We’re ensuring access to mammograms for women who need them.

What is the American Cancer Society doing to help women stay well from breast cancer?

  • We know that finding breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat, can mean the difference between life and death. So we provide screening guidelines, education for health care professionals, and engage in efforts to increase public awareness about the importance of yearly mammograms.
  • At cancer.org/remindme, you and the women you care about can sign up to receive an email that will remind you to schedule the type of breast cancer screening we recommend based on our latest guidelines. The Society recommends that all women 40 and older get a mammogram every year, in addition to a breast exam by their doctor or nurse as part of their regular health checkups.
  • Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer (which is why yearly mammograms are so important), the American Cancer Society recommends steps you can take to reduce your risk. Visit cancer.org/fightbreastcancer to learn more.

What is the American Cancer Society doing to help people with breast cancer today?

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn’t be. That’s why the American Cancer Society is here around the clock to guide you through every step of a breast cancer experience. In communities nationwide, we’re helping people right now by providing:

  • Transportation assistance to and from treatment
  • Free lodging when the treatment facility is far from home
  • Emotional support programs that connect newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with trained breast cancer survivors
  • Free wigs and assistance with treatment-related physical side effects
  • An online support network
  • Practical tips, tools, and resources for nutritional needs during treatment, recovery, and beyond

What is the American Cancer Society doing to find breast cancer’s causes and cures?

Groundbreaking breast cancer research projects are underway at institutions across the country to help understand how to better prevent, find, treat, and cure breast cancer. Unlike some organizations that support only breast cancer research, we also fund research to find cures for all types of cancer, because we know that discoveries in one area could also help find answers in another, such as breast cancer.

Since 1946, we’ve invested more than $3.8 billion in cancer research. Of the researchers chosen for American Cancer Society funding, 46 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

Here are just a few of the breast cancer research breakthroughs we’ve played a role in:

  • Establishing mammography as the standard to find breast cancer early
  • Discovering lifesaving treatments such as Herceptin and Tamoxifen
  • Discovering genes that cause breast cancer
  • Deepening the knowledge of how genetics, diet, lack of exercise, and alcohol use can increase a person’s cancer risk
  • Discovering the benefits of breast-conserving surgery, such as lumpectomy plus radiation for treatment

Thanks in part to our work, more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors and countless others who have avoided the disease will celebrate another birthday this year.

What is the American Cancer Society doing to fight back against breast cancer?

Our passionate volunteers work relentlessly to help finish the fight against breast cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk – a powerful and inspiring event that unites us to walk together – one million strong – as the most powerful force to end breast cancer.

 

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events:

  • Making Strides is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities to finish the fight.
  • Making Strides walkers turn awareness into action, raising more than $68 million for the American Cancer Society last year – one dollar at a time – to save lives from breast cancer.
  • Walks are three to five miles in distance. That’s only about 10,000 steps, and each one brings us closer to finding cures.

Additionally, our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM (ACS CAN) works with legislators and policymakers to support laws and policies to defeat breast cancer and rally communities to join the fight. ACS CAN works tirelessly to keep the fight against breast cancer a top priority for our nation’s lawmakers. Thanks in part to donations made to ACS CAN, our advocacy efforts are increasing the options available for people battling cancer.

For More Information

For more information on the American Cancer Society and our fight to end breast cancer, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/fightbreastcancer. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanCancerSociety and on Twitter at @AmericanCancer.

To learn more about our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events and to sign up, visit MakingStridesWalk.org/cleveland. Connect with us on Facebook at facebook.com/Strides and on Twitter at @MakingStrides.

 

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