October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of early detection.
The 6th Annual Tickle Me Pink luncheon was held Thursday, October 6th at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. The luncheon featured author and blogger, Rachel Macy Stafford. The proceeds from the luncheon helped benefit the After Breast Cancer program.
The Clarksville Area YMCA hosts the After Breast Cancer program. The 16-week program is free and provides personal training and healing resources for local women during and after breast cancer. A rose ceremony was also held to honor those who have been affected by breast cancer.
Several vendors set up prior to the luncheon for women to shop, gain information and participate in a fun photo booth, encouraging conversation.
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women, behind skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born in the United States will develop breast cancer. However, many women will beat cancer if it’s found and treated early. Mammograms help detect cancer for early treatment.
Several events were held around the country to encourage communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved. The American Cancer Society is actively fighting breast cancer by helping women get tested to find breast cancer earlier and help them understand treatment options and cope with physical and emotional side effects. They also fund research to help prevent, find and treat breast cancer.
Millions of women are surviving the disease thanks in part to early detection and improvements in treatment options.