October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help raise awareness in our communities we have put together these special “Pink Editions” of The Marysville Globe and The Arlington Times.
Breast cancer has impacted almost everyone, either directly or indirectly. Most of us have a family member, friend or coworker, or know someone in the community who has battled this disease. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed among women nationwide in 2011. Locally, according to the Snohomish Health District, 582 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in Snohomish County in 2007. These are not just statistics, they are members of our community. Our hope is that by partnering with our communities we can help raise awareness about this disease that impacts so many.
In this week’s issues of The Arlington Times and The Marysville Globe, we’ve shared some stories of some local women and their fights against this disease, provided information about some of the services and resources available in our communities, and included a variety of other stories about breast cancer to help increase awareness. In addition, a portion of ad sales for our local businesses who participated in the special ‘“Pink Edition” advertising will be donated back to a women’s health program in our communities.
Additional information and resources are also available at the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website at www.nbcam.org, the American Cancer Society’s website at www.cancer.org or the Komen Puget Sound website at www.komenpugetsound.org.
In addition, we want to honor the breast cancer survivors in our communities. If you are a breast cancer survivor, you can post a “Survivor’s Photo” on our Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/TheMarysvilleGlobe or www.facebook.com/TheArlingtonTimes, or you can email a photo to email@example.com and I can post it for you.
Scott Frank is the Managing Editor of The Arlington Times and The Marysville Globe and can be reached at 360-659-1300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.