Editorial: October is breast cancer awareness month

For several years our first edition in October has been printed on pink paper. We hope it got your attention. With the recent changes in our contracted printer, the pink paper itself was not available this year, however as we are sure you noticed, our front page still holds that distinctive color.
This designated color for Breast Cancer Awareness symbolizes our committment to remind you, our readers, about the importance of early detection, treatment options and medical advances to prevent, detect and fight breast cancer. 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want our readers to be aware. Cancer touches every life in our community in one way or another. 
Just look at the stories bravely shared by the women in this edition. Each is a testament to the value of early detection and what a difference it can make in your life and the lives of your family.
Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that the death rate from breast cancer has dropped by 32 percent in the last 20 years. This is great news and emphasizes how taking charge can improve our health.
If you don’t know how to do a self exam, ask your doctor. Your doctor can advise you on a variety of things you can do to lower your risk of cancer.
Another source for information is the American Cancer Society. Check out the organization’s website at www.cancer.org.
Recommendations from the society include keeping to a healthy weight throughout your life, being physically active on a regular basis and limiting your intake of alcohol.
Being physically active on a regular basis means a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week.
Limiting alcohol means less than one drink a day for women and less than two drinks a day for men.
The website also says that the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer at some point in her life is a little less than one in eight. The chance of dying from this disease is about one in 36.
Rates are dropping and the ACS attributes this to early detection and better treatment. Currently there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. 
Take detection seriously. Talk to your family about your risks and theirs. While breast cancer cannot be prevented 100 percent of the time, knowledge and early detection  are the first steps to recovery.