17 October 2014
Pink ribbons, a message of hope, finding a cure, saving lives; these things are at the helm of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. (Photo by Shannon Bishop, USAG Public Affairs)
Walk Raises Breast Cancer Awareness
By Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs

Pink ribbons, a message of hope, finding a cure, saving lives; these things are at the helm of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The seventh annual Fort Detrick Army Community Services/Exceptional Family Member Program breast cancer walk on Fort Detrick, held Oct. 9, was a time to exercise, have fun and learn more about breast cancer prevention. More than 200 Soldiers, family members, civilians and contractors walked more than 300 miles in support of the event.

According to the EFMP Manager Michelle Hewitt, the goal of the event was to raise awareness on the impact breast cancer has on our society through information and education in a fun, upbeat way.

“These days, it is difficult to know someone who has not been touched by breast cancer,” said Hewitt.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, making it one of the most common cancers among American woman. Early detection is the best way to fight this disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

Every October, an annual international campaign, organized by major breast cancer charities, takes place to increase awareness and raise funds to support research into the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of breast cancer.

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