October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of us know the statistics: One woman out of eight, and one man out of 1,000 will be diagnosed during her or his lifetime. What most of us do not know is that in 2015 more than 14,000 Floridians will be diagnosed and almost 3,000 will die of breast cancer. In 2015, more Floridians will die from breast cancer than will die from traffic accidents.
The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation is engaged in the fight to end breast cancer. To succeed, we work with grassroots organizations throughout the state, funding breast-health awareness and education programs. We also fund scientific research efforts with the goal of discovering treatments that will cure or end breast cancer.
We have awarded more than $4 million in education and research grants to organizations and institutions during the past 10 years through the sale of the End Breast Cancer specialty license plate. Our goal is to double that amount during the next 10 years.
This October and throughout the year we encourage women to get a yearly mammogram and to see their healthcare provider if they notice any unusual changes in their bodies. Early detection is the best protection.
Almost all of us have a connection to a friend, a family member or to someone in our community who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. This October, support local breast cancer grassroots organizations in their fight against the disease. For more information visit FloridaBreastCancer.org.
Russell Silverman, executive director,
Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, North Miami