As October typically marks the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many Fairfield County residents have already begun making breast cancer awareness a priority by joining the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Westport walk set to take place on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Sherwood Island State Park. Registration at 9 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Breast cancer survivors and residents are invited to attend and unite with the community with a shared determination of creating a world free from the pain and suffering caused by breast cancer. To register online or for more information visit MakingStridesWalk.org/WestportCT or call 1-800-227-2345.
Dollars raised by Making Strides supporters help the American Cancer Society ensure no one faces breast cancer alone by funding innovative breast cancer research; promoting education and risk reduction; and providing comprehensive patient support to those who need it most. Since 1993, more than 12 million supporters have raised more than $750 million nationwide.
According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2016, an estimated 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,450 will die from the disease this year. In Connecticut it is estimated that 3,290 residents will be diagnosed and unfortunately, 450 people will lose their battle.
Services for those facing breast cancer
Some of the local American Cancer Society services supported through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer include:
Reach to Recovery – A program that links newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with survivors to offer information, answer questions and provide support while serving as role models for life after breast cancer
Look Good Feel Better – A program that provides women with cancer an educational session run by professional cosmetologists on how to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment.
1-800-227-2345 – Trained Cancer Information Specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions about cancer, link callers with resources in their communities, and provide information on local events.
www.cancer.org – Reliable, user-friendly web site containing in-depth information on every major cancer type. Answers are provided to questions about the nature of breast cancer: causes and risk factors; the latest strategies for prevention and early detection; new diagnostic techniques; the latest treatment options and services available in your area.
Road to Recovery – Transportation to lifesaving medical appointments can be a challenge for someone with cancer. This volunteer led programs offers rides to and from treatment for cancer patients in need.