Police Department Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Mike Jackson, the auto retailer's CEO, delivered thousands of gift bags to patients at the Michael and Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation also goes on to claim that on average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two minutes, and one woman will die of breast cancer every thirteen minutes. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Women at high risk for breast cancer need to begin screening sooner, sometimes as early as 25, and may need to be screened a couple of times a year.

As survival rates have increased, and the number of deaths associated with this disease is steadily declining, largely due to factors such as earlier detection, a new personalized approach to treatment and a better understanding of the disease.

"I can't overemphasize the fact that mammograms save lives", says Dr. Patra. The sooner you notice a change the better, because if cancer is found early, treatment is more likely to be successful. "By the time you can feel it, it's a decent-sized lesion".

Known as breast tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography, it sometimes costs more than 2-D screening, but Johnsons insurance would cover the cost so she opted to give 3-D a try. The special Gusto Champion Shoe with pink accents was developed to highlight the campaign supporting this initiative. "Physical exams are not as thorough as a simple once a year mammogram exam". Afterward, if necessary, comes a needle biopsy, which detects the presence (or absence) of cancerous cells within the lesion. If your risk is high you will be eligible to receive preventative drugs, i.e. selective estrogen receptor modulator or aromatase inhibitors to decrease your risk factors for developing breast cancer later on in life.

"You can't find someone who hasn't had someone in their family or close friend, that hasn't been affected in some way with cancer", said SGT. Detz. Proceeds from shirt sales are donated to Pink Pursuit a non-for-profit organization in Columbia that raises money to provide mammogram services to Missouri patients whether insured, under insured or uninsured.

If diagnosed with breast cancer, treatment depends on the state of the cancer. In some cases, chemotherapy is used to shrink the lesion before surgery.