You may have noticed a huge amount of “pink” around lately: in newspaper ads, on cereal boxes and other food items, doctor’s offices, even sports teams are sporting the color in varying degrees.  All this pink is for a very good reason -- PINK is the color for Breast Cancer Awareness and October is designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

It is a very good time to focus on this very serious disease, why it occurs and how to stop it. During this time, national public service organizations, professional medical associations and government agencies work to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease and provide greater access to screening services.

According to the American Cancer Society, a woman living in the US has a 12.3 percent, or a 1 in 8, lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. In the 1970s, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer was 1 in 11.  Deaths from breast cancer have decreased, likely from earlier detection and advances in treatment.

Changes in policy can’t be the only thing responsible for this decrease, but I believe that the efforts made over the last decade have had a positive influence for Missouri citizens and on the future of medicine.

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