Stories of survival:October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, with an estimated 2.3 million new cases diagnosed each year, according to data from the World Cancer Research Fund. In the United States alone, the American Cancer Society reports that around 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. It’s a disease that touches the lives of countless families and communities.
In the face of these daunting statistics, the stories of local women who are battling this pervasive disease emerge as beacons of hope. This month the Hartselle Enquirer will feature several of these breast cancer warriors and tell their stories of resilience, advocacy and the determination to overcome.
Warriors like Maci Williams share their experiences to raise awareness about early detection and the importance of regular mammograms.
Williams said she decided she was going to be in charge of her cancer story.
“I read a quote from another breast cancer fighter that said ‘You can either have cancer, or cancer can have you’ and I decided then and there it was not going to have me,” she said.
Statistics also reveal that breast cancer survival rates have been steadily improving over the years, thanks to advances in early detection, treatment options and increased awareness. According to the National Cancer Institute, the 5-year relative survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer has climbed to 91 percent.
For more information, visit breastcancer.org.