Throughout October, The Times is taking its efforts to help in the fight against cancer a step further – four Times’ newspaper racks have been painted pink in recognition of local efforts, and 100-percent of the money from the sale of newspapers at these racks will go to the Trailblazers, a breast cancer support group serving Lincoln County.
The four, pink newspaper racks are located at Lincoln Medical Center, the Fayetteville Post Office, and on the south and west sides of the Fayetteville square.
“For us, it’s about celebrating women and men in our community who’ve fought not only breast cancer but other forms of cancer as well,” said Lucy Williams, editor and publisher of The Times. “And it’s about our doing anything we can to further awareness, help our cancer support groups and encourage everyone to get screened.”
Organized in 1997, the Trailblazers have a team that participates every year in the Relay for Life, a fund-raising event benefiting local cancer support initiatives.
In the United States, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and while it’s the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 40-59, the five-year survival rate, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent, compared to 74 percent in 1982.
An estimated 207,090 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during 2012, according to national statistics, with approximately 2,000 of those being among men in the United States.
Experts agree that getting a high-quality screening mammogram and having a clinical breast exam on a regular basis are the most effective ways to detect breast cancer early.