Thinking pink

October is the month to "think pink" for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The American Cancer Society recently held its annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon at Drury Lodge to raise money for its Patient Service Fund. More than 240 people attended. Forty breast cancer survivors were recognized at the luncheon.

Several organizations and businesses are sponsoring special events and offering promotions to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. We applaud all of those involved for their great work and dedication to the cause.

There will be about 207,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer in women this year. Just under 40,000 women will die this year from the disease.

While less likely, men can also be inflicted with breast cancer. About 2,000 men were diagnosed with the disease last year.

The American Cancer Society recommends women receive yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. It's also recommended that women be examined by a doctor once a year, in addition to performing self-examinations every month.

Don't wait. Early detection is key to defeating this disease.