It is estimated that in the United States, 201,647 women and 2,610 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during 2014 and approximately 43,982 women and 675 men will die of the disease. In Arkansas alone this year, an estimated 2,934 new cases will be detected.
Statistics like these are given out every year in presentations and speeches from medical professionals and city leaders. But behind each one of those numbers is a family whose life has been turned upside down by a deadly diagnoses. Each and everyone of those statistics are representing an amazing story of trial, of triumph, and sadly for some, of loss.
This is why I am proud to join other civic leaders today by proclaiming October 3rd, 2014 as GO PINK FOR THE CURE DAY in the city of Bryant. In doing this, for just a moment we are able to show those who have been directly affected by this disease we see you. We see your strength. We see your story, and it has changed us.
We are also able to bring into the spotlight the need that exists in many cities within Arkansas for more education on preventive care and better mammography facilities, which is instrumental in the fight our communities have against breast cancer. Since 1990, survival rates have been on the rise. Early detection has played a large part in this.
So today join me. If you are over 40 use this day to schedule your screening. If you are under 40, make plans to discuss with your doctor your risk factors. Find a way to stay active, healthy and educate yourself and those you love on breast cancer prevention. Wear your pink, together we can help raise awareness and make a difference in our city!