This month is all about saving the ta-tas. October is breast cancer awareness month and all over the country there are clinics, organizations and foundations dedicated to spreading awareness while encouraging and supporting the treatment of cancer.
The West Clinic, one of the nation’s leading cancer treatment facilities which located in Memphis, Tenn., is giving free breast cancer screenings on two weekends this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the first time in the clinic’s history that it will provide screening services. “Typically we did not provide screening services, only the treatment of patients with cancer diagnosis. The West Clinic began that service this year officially for Breast Cancer Awareness Month…” says Erich Mounce, CEO of The West Clinic. The West Clinic is also increasing circulation of information about the warning signs of breast cancer and also where and how to get proper exams.
“The best way to support the month is to create awareness: Make sure close friends and loved ones get routine exams and mammography. Also, participate in a run, walk, or a fundraiser that will help raise funds for more research into treatment and cures!” suggests Mounce. “It is important to note that breast cancer is treatable and many, many patients now live long productive lives after diagnosis. Please remind your loved ones and friends to have routine mammograms, be aware of their family history and understand how to conduct self breast exams,” he says.
Save the Ta-Tas puts on fundraisers, special events, and sells silly, flashy tee shirts all sporting the slogan: “Save the Ta-Tas”. Things like “save a life grope your wife,” can be found on the tee-shirts and website encouraging a positive outlook. Donations to Save the Ta-Tas Foundation are used to support scientific research and are partners with Concern Foundation who matches their donations.
Another foundation which is geared towards prevention, early detection, and support is KEEP A BREAST. KEEP A BREAST makes and sells the bracelets and belts that say, “i love boobies.” The foundation also sells other products and runs art events, educational programs, and other fundraising efforts to increase breast cancer awareness. “Prevention is the Cure,” (www.keep-a-breast.org).
Susan G Komen for the cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization. The organization is “…the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.5 billion since inception in 1982,” (www5.komen.org). The Komen Race for the Cure is a major contributor in raising funds and awareness as well as the largest series of 5K runs and fitness walks in the world.
Komen Race for the Cure is coming to two cities in California this month, Inland Empire and Fresno. To participate in these races visit their website www5.komen.org.
Local efforts are also being made in the support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Earlier this month in Santa Clarita was the BRAS FOR A CAUSE event that gave people the opportunity to bid on beautifully decorated bras and other silent auction items all in support of breast cancer awareness. To further support local efforts, on October 6th the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation and Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center are raising awareness by having a wine tasting fundraiser at the Salt Creek Grille from 6 to 8 p.m.
“The National Breast Cancer Awareness Organization is a partnership of national public service organizations, professional medical associates, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to screening service.” (www.nbcam.org) In 1985 the organization came to life creating the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but breast cancer awareness and education is year-round.