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Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Brothers:

Once again I call your attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, although we should be perpetually aware of this dreaded disease and how it affects our people in disproportionate ways. We take time to let our Silhouettes, other loved ones and neighbors know that we are and will continue to be a support team for them as they go through the various protocols to win their cancer battles.

While we support the ladies, we must also remember that men are also susceptible to breast cancer and we know well how our Silhouettes support us in our battles with health issues. We must be proactive participants in helping everybody win their battle with cancer. After all, it could be us.

How Common Is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer. This also means there is a 7 in 8 chance she will never have the disease. 

Current year estimates for breast cancer

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are:

 

  • 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).
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  •  About 40,610 women will die from breast cancer.

 

We’re all in this together brothers. Know that our spouses and other loved ones may be cancer statistics. Know that helping them get through it with compassion and love is our responsibility. Also, remember that we can get breast cancer also, so let us recognize that WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16 (KJV)


 

 

Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
Grand Polemarch

 

 

 

 

 

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