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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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By Joseph Rios

The leaves are changing colors, the days are getting shorter, and the air is beginning to feel a bit cooler. However, if you drive cross the Denver metro area you may see an unusual fall color. Pink!

The combination of shorter days, colored leaves, cooler days and pink means that Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived. Breast cancer is a form of cancer that forms in cells of the breasts. It is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, only behind skin cancer. The disease can also impact men, but is much more common in women. Breast cancer survival rates have recently increased thanks to an increased awareness.

The statistics about breast cancer in the country are still concerning. According to, about one in eight women in the country will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime. This year, around 268,600 cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women across the country.

This year, the American Cancer Society will host its Making Strides of Denver event. The event takes place on Oct. 27 at Fiddler’s Green. It’s open to the community and supports the fight against cancer. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m., and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Attendees can bring strollers, dogs, and is wheelchair friendly. Funds raised from the Making Strides event will go to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research, to promote breast cancer education and risk reduction, and it will provide comprehensive patient support to those who need it the most, according to Lisa Bade, Communications Director for the American Cancer Society.

“It’s important to recognize breast cancer awareness month, because breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and this year in Colorado, an estimated 4,180 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The money raised through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is funding much needed research to eliminate this disease so we can celebrate more birthdays. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a beautiful day of celebration and hope for breast cancer survivors and their families, and we look forward to gathering on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Fiddler’s Green,” said Tricia Weis in a statement to La Voz. Weis is the American Cancer Society Community Development Manager.

Hispanic Women

Adelphi University reports that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women. According to the study around 17,1000 Hispanic women were diagnosed with the disease in 2012. This means that Hispanic Women are 20 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than white women. Much of this variation can be attributed to cultural differences, language barriers, and health coverage.

According to the American Cancer Society only 46 percent of Hispanic women have had a mammogram within the last year, and 61 percent of Hispanic women have had one within the past two years. Organizations like The American Cancer Society and the Colorado Cancer Plan encourage all women to get screened and understand what to look for when examining themselves for early detection.

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