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for those who are
battling it today, you
should know that you’re not alone
in the battle — and that all of us in
this community will do whatever
we can to support you.
Everyone knows someone affected by this terrible
illness, and everyone can do their part to help fi ght it.
This month, across the city, the American Cancer Society
will host “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer”
walks raising funds for cancer treatment and research.
The thousands who participate in this effort
will literally take steps to help eradicate breast cancer
once and for all.
Someday, we pray, breast cancer will become a
thing of the past. We hope that this “Pink Paper” informs,
inspires and empowers all of us to commit ourselves
to that effort, however great or small the contribution.
Keep up the fi ght! The Editors
We’re thrilled once again to bring you our
annual “Pink Paper,” printed on this beautiful,
bubble gum background in honor of
Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In our business, whenever you want to highlight
an issue critical to the lives of our readers, you try
to do something special, like a special front page
cover or a dynamic headline. In this case, we’re
printing in all pink because this paper contains
vital information that will help you save someone
you love — or even yourself.
Great advances have been made over the last few
decades to help more breast cancer survivors live
longer and healthier lives. Even so, the incidence
rate of invasive female breast cancer increased
slightly between 2006 and 2015, by 0.45 percent.
And that number is expected to rise again this
year. The American Cancer Society projects that
the United States will see 268,600 new cases of invasive
breast cancer diagnosed in women this year.
Another 62,930 women can expect to be diagnosed
with in situ breast lesions.
A common misconception is that breast cancer
only affects women. But in fact, the American Cancer
Society estimates that 2,670 men in the U.S. will
also be diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sadly, there will be more deaths related to breast
cancer. The ACS estimated that 42,260 Americans
(41,760 women and 500 men) will likely succumb
to the disease this year. More than 2,000 of these
deaths will occur here in New York.
Despite these grim statistics, there remains
plenty of hope.
The fi ve-year survival rate for women with invasive
breast cancer is projected to be 91% in
2019; that’s far higher than the 75% fi ve-year survival
rate recorded between 1975 and 1977. That
means more mothers, daughters, wives and aunts
have had a second chance at life thanks to advances
in detection and treatment.
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better
your odds are at beating it. This is especially true
for women who have a family history of breast cancer
cases — and as a result, are twice as likely to
Women between 45 and 54 should get annual
mammograms, the American Cancer Society advises.
Women as young as 40 have the option of getting
a mammogram every year, and women older
than 54 should have the test performed at least every
Mammograms, along with ultrasound checks,
are critical toward fi nding cancer in the earliest
stages, and treating it before it metastasizes into
something more serious.
Beyond clinical tests, women should also conduct
self-tests for any possible lumps. If you feel
that something isn’t right, visit your doctor right
away for a more professional opinion.
For those who’ve survived breast cancer, and
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