You may have noticed that Black Westchester has gone pink. Why you ask? Because we at Black Westchester are committed to giving back to the communities we serve. When Damon K. Jones and myself co-founded BW, we realized we were taking on a huge responsibility; not only to be a much-needed voice of our community, but also the voice of the voiceless, to stop the silence and report the facts that affect us as a people. To cover What The Mainstream Stream News Outlets Don’t or Won’t Cover When It Comes To Us!
Our pink edition of BW is just one step in doing our part to help bring about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October and a time to redouble our efforts to help eradicate the second-largest killer of women in the United States, breast cancer awareness need to be a year long journey.
Like most people, we have family and friends who have battled cancer, including my mom, who lost her short battle July 2014 and a few church members who have survived bouts with breast cancer. Anyone who has had a front row seat to a loved one who has been impacted by this terrible disease, understands first-hand the urgent need to find a cure.
While October is set aside as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to bring awareness to all forms of cancer. My mother suffered from a rare strain of non-smoker lung cancer, which as the doctors explained to me is so rare there isn’t much research on it yet. All forms of Cancer has attacked many especially in the Black Community. So I encourage all to be tested.
The numbers from the American Cancer Society tell us that one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. More than 630 women are diagnosed with breast cancer everyday and nearly 110 of them die every 24 hours. In addition to that around 430 men will lose their lives to breast cancer this year.
While women are encouraged to be tested for Breast Cancer, let’s not forget to encourage the men to be tested for Prostate Cancer, which is the most common cancer among men in the US. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death among men of all races and Hispanic origin populations. Experts say that prostate cancer starts with tiny alterations in the shape and size of the prostate gland cells – Prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN).
Doctors say that nearly 50% of all 50-year-old men have PIN. The cells are still in place – they do not seem to have moved elsewhere – but the changes can be seen under a microscope. Cancer cells would have moved into other parts of the prostate. Doctors describe these prostate gland cell changes as low-grade or high-grade; high grade is abnormal while low-grade is more-or-less normal. Without getting any more technical we encourage all to be tested!
With that said, there is some good news, there is better early detection and treatment therapies that are boosting survival rates. BW will be running a series of articles on Breast Cancer Awareness, post information and locations of the many walks in Westchester and the surrounding areas that will raise money to help battle the disease. We pray our pink edition of Black Westchester will encourage our readers to turn to their families and friends and ask if they have been screened and if needed, offer to go with them for this very necessary, life-saving examination.
Although it often gets over shadowed by Breast Cancer Awareness, most people do not know that the month of October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well. Breast Cancer Awareness is very important, but let us not forget Domestic Violence Awareness, which is equally important and is a major problem in Westchester County as well as the rest of the country, especially in the Black Community! REAL TALK!
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