As women, we have lots of concerns. Do my shoes match my outfit? Does this outfit REALLY make me look fat? Will I be a good mother? Does he actually like me? What most of us do not constantly ask ourselves is, could I have breast cancer? Breast cancer is the 2nd most likely cancer to kill a woman other than lung cancer. Hundreds of foundations have come about in an effort to find a cure for and prevent breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF) is seeking answers in this regard.
Evelyn H. Lauder began the foundation in 1992 after her own experience with early-stage breast cancer in 1987. Lauder acted as the Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for the well-known beauty company, Estée Lauder Companies Inc. She applied her talents to the BCRF and created one of the most prominent non-profit organizations of our time. She passed away in 2011 and left behind a truly beautiful legacy. BCRF has raised over $440 million since its beginnings 21 years ago.
To raise $440 million is an astonishing amount and with 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the world, we know that the field of breast cancer research is only expanding. We are indeed drawing closer to prevention and a cure. Ninety-one percent donated to the BCRF goes directly to cancer research and awareness programs.
This year breast cancer statistics are better than ever, but still high. It is predicted:
– 232,240 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in our country this year
– 1/8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime
– 1.3 million cases of breast cancer will be detected each year
– 410 men will die of breast cancer this year
– Most cases are developed at a median age of 61 years old
– 1/210 breast cancer cases will occur in women under the age of 40
– 1/36 female deaths will occur due to breast cancer
– Women in their 20s should begin self-examination every three months
– Annual mammograms should begin at the age of 40
– Women are at a higher risk for breast cancer if they consume one or more alcoholic drinks a day.
– 75% of diagnosed breast cancer patients are 50 or older
The statistics, though significantly improved, are still frightening. The BCRF has a vast variety of ways to get involved. They work to involve every demographic. For women around my age, BCRF has a Junior Board that participates in The Pink Agenda. BCRF supports many events. Take a look here to see if there is an event in your area that you can support! There are several events a month all over the United States.
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*All information found on the BCRF website