While the entire month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, several northwoods communities will be holding special events today.
Over the past 10 years, the CDC says breast cancer “incidence & trends have decreased significantly”. According to the Lincoln County Health Department, the rate of Lincoln County women diagnosed with breast cancer is 1.24 per 1,000.
The American Cancer Society says if all women over 50 followed guidelines for regular annual mammograms, the number of deaths could be reduced by 30 percent and the lives of 13,000 women could be saved annually.
Public Health Nurse Judy Sargent says, “Men and women can get breast cancer and the chance increases as we get older. The good news is that breast cancer is treatable”
To raise awareness, there will be several events in the Northwoods today. Tomahawk Middle School’s Hatchet Renaissance will be holding “Paint Our Town Pink” a fundraiser that will split proceeds between the Ties that Bind Us and their own group. They encourage all residents here in Tomahawk to wear pink. They’ll also be taking collections and selling ribbons throughout the community.
Meanwhile up in Rhinelander, Ministry Saint Mary’s will be holding a “Scrap out Cancer” event tonight.
This is the 5th year for the event which includes scrap booking while raising awareness of maintaining women’s health.