October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When you consider the fact that 1 in 8 women will develop will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime and that it is the 2nd leading cause of cancer death for women, behind lung cancer, it's a disease that desperately needs to find a cure. But a cure takes money.

The numbers are staggering. The American Cancer Society has issued the following estimates for 2017:

  • About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.

We all know someone who has had or who has breast cancer. The key to survival is early detection. That's why I am so pleased to see and hear about events at local high schools. Girls and women need to feel comfortable talking about breast cancer, about performing monthly breast self-exams, about going to their doctor if they think they feel or see something unusual and not waiting a month in the hopes that it's going to go away.

Photo Chris Popper

This Friday, October 6th, the MDI Girls Volleyball Team will be wearing pink in their game against Yarmouth and invite the community to wear pink. Traditionally the MDI Football Team has worn pink socks in a home football game in October.

Photo Chris Popper

Brian Langley, owner of The Union River Lobster Pot knows firsthand what breast cancer does to a family. His wife Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. He's raising money for the American Cancer Society. Thankfully Jane is cancer free now.

There are so many worthy causes, so many causes that need financial help. But breast cancer is wiping out our moms, sisters, daughters, aunts and friends. If you can help, please help.