Let’s celebrate survivors and remember those who lost their breast cancer battles

Published 6:20 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017

It’s wrong for us to think of breast cancer as a woman’s disease.

Thousands of men — too many, just like women — are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

And many men in the form of husbands, sons and brothers suffer right along with the women in their lives from the horrifying, life-changing effects of breast cancer.

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Today’s edition A section and Outlook section of The Vicksburg Post are printed on pink newsprint as a visible tribute to all whose lives are touched by this horrible disease.

Today’s edition of The Vicksburg Post is filled with stories of Vicksburg residents who have battled breast cancer and survived, and memories to those who lost that good fight, but will never be forgotten. Despite the many advances in battling breast cancer — and there have been many — one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.

Statistics show an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017, along with 63,410 cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

About 2,470 new cases of breast cancer in men are expected to be diagnosed this year.

About 40,610 women in the United States are expected to die from breast cancer in 2017, even though death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing in the U.S. every year since 1989, thought to be the result of treatment advances and early detection through screenings and increased awareness, according to the website breastcancer.org.

Your newspaper is pink today as a reminder to the women in our lives to schedule their mammograms and annual exams. We celebrate survivors and remember those who lost their battle with breast cancer.