It is safe to say that everyone either knows someone close or knows of someone who has fought or is currently fighting the battle against breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. San Diego is one of the locations for the Susan Komen Walk for the Cure and it always brings tears to my eyes when I see these women all decked out in their pink costumes having the time of their life. My girlfriends and I have talked about participating so many times and it always seems to creep up on us and by the time we find out when it is it is too late to sign up. Obviously this year, I was not physically able to do it but I am determined to participate soon. And I love seeing all the big NFL football players sporting their pink accessories every Sunday during the month of October. When it comes to making donations, this is a cause that I never hesitate to support (hmmm I wonder how many donation requests I’ll get now…). Awareness is a huge factor in finding a cure, not only awareness of the general public in terms of getting mammograms, the importance of early detection, lifestyle habits, etc…, but also providing facts and information to researchers to help them with their task to find a way to beat this cancer. One of the doctors I work for forwarded me an email from Army of Women. It is an foundation that was made possible by a grant from Avon. Its goal is to recruit 1 million women (as of today they are at 370,212) no matter their age, race, health status, to provide their health history and partner with researchers to find out what causes breast cancer, which will lead to prevention and ultimately a cure.
Think about it…if the researchers are armed with information from 1 million women they should be able to make a huge step forward in this fight. In honor of all the women who have fought and survived, those who are currently in battle and those we’ve lost, I signed up. There was an online questionnaire that took about 20 minutes to complete and then every few months they will send you another questionnaire to complete. Easy peasy. With my recent fertility medical history, this is something that has been in the back of my mind. I did ask my doctor and did my own research on this before we did IVF and learned that a woman is at higher risk to get cancer if she does not have children at all than if she go through fertility treatments, it is all about those lovely hormones. When completing the initial questionnaire it opened up a whole ‘nother door when I answered the questions about fertility treatments…they like me. So no matter what your health status is, age or race, I encourage you to check it out and sign up. There is no cost or obligation on your part, just a little time every few months. Join the army!